Phillies sink the Pirates

March 3, 2008 2:55:47 PM PST
Joe Savery rebounded from a rough spring training debut by throwing two hitless innings Monday in the Philadelphia Phillies' 3-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Savery, who was pitching and playing first base at Rice University last spring, struck out one and walked two. The top Phillies top pick in last June's draft allowed a two-run single and a three-run homer last week in his first outing of spring training.

"I'm not a big league pitcher right now, I know that; but I know I'm not way out of my league either," Savery said. "I absolutely wanted to come out today and just show that there's going to be more innings like that down the road I feel like I'm going to be able to compete at his level."

Fellow Phillies farmhand Josh Outman also recovered from a tough first outing. He struck out two and walked two while allowing three hits in three innings for the victory.

The majority of the Phillies offense came courtesy of new utilityman Eric Bruntlett. Acquired in the November trade that also brought Brad Lidge to Philadelphia, Bruntlett got the start at shortstop and went 3-for-4 with two RBIs.

"When we got him we knew he was a utility player and we'll look at him to see if he can play all the infield positions and how he handles the bat," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "So far, he's passed the test."

In his first appearance of spring training, Pittsburgh's Matt Morris gave up three hits while striking out one and walking none in two innings.

"I'm just out there trying to make quality pitches, especially at this early stage of the spring," Morris said. "I felt pretty good and that was the big thing."

The Phillies' Wes Helms ended an 0-for-7 slide at the start of spring training with a single in the fifth inning.


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