Mar 202011
Phillies OF John Mayberry Jr.

Phillies OF John Mayberry Jr.

March 20

SARASOTA, Fla. — The Orioles jumped out to an early lead on Saturday courtesy of a three-run first inning, but the Phillies hit three homers to erase the deficit and surge ahead for a 7-5 win.

Orioles first baseman Derrek Lee, making his Grapefruit League debut, worked an 0-2 count for a walk and scored on Randy Winn’s groundout as part of the three-run first. The O’s capitalized on a trio of first-inning walks by Phillies starter Cole Hamels, with Vladimir Guerrero, who went 3-for-3 with a double, chipping in the first of two RBIs on a single to center field. Adam Jones also scored on a bases-loaded walk.

In the top of the second, Phillies first baseman John Mayberry Jr. continued his torrid spring, blasting his fifth homer, a two-run blast, off O’s starter Jake Arrieta. The homer gave him a team-leading 11 RBIs.

Guerrero doubled off Hamels to open the third and scored on Mark Reynolds’ blooper into shallow right field. Hamels lasted just 3 2/3 innings and was charged with five runs on seven hits and three walks. He also struck out five.

“Even though you get to build up your pitches, it’d be nice to be able to have those quick, easy innings,” said Hamels, who struggled through his second consecutive rough outing. “Unfortunately, I don’t think I’m allowing myself to do that, because I’m not getting first-pitch strikes. Or when I do get first-pitch strikes, then all of a sudden, I throw three balls in a row. I’m not putting myself in a really good count.

“It’s tough, because I feel strong. I think it shows, but you have to be able to throw strikes. You get in a game, and you have to be able to be game-ready, and most of the time, I’m too giddy or not knowing how to fix myself quick enough. I know I can do it. I’ve obviously done it. It’s just a matter of being able to do it right now because tick-tock, I’ve got to be good to go in about two weeks.”

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