The defenses came out to play today as the Philadelphia Phillies dropped to the Baltimore Orioles 3-2.
In front of a crowd of almost 8,000 The Phillies drop to 6-3, while the Orioles move up to 6-2. John Means got the start for Baltimore and picked up the win and Ranger Suarez got the loss.
— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) March 1, 2020
The Orioles have now won five straight, after dropping three straight earlier in spring training.
Rio Ruiz is now batting .667 for the Orioles and recorded a hit every time he stepped up to the plate today.
Despite the hits, Phillies pitching only issued one walk and recorded 10 total strikeouts.
How it Happened
The first inning only took three pitches from each pitcher to retire the side.
Baltimore got on the board in the second though, after Ruiz doubled to left and was brought in by Dilson Herrera. Means worked another three up, three down inning to retire the Phillies side.
The third was uneventful for both sides, but the Orioles extended their lead in the fourth, 3-0. Reggie McClain was in to pitch for the Phillies and Ruiz homered to third on the fifth pitch of the at-bat. Herrera doubled and was brought in by Stevie Wilkerson.
The fifth inning passed uneventfully for both teams, but in the bottom of the sixth, the Phillies were able to get one back after Josh Harrison homered to left field.
Neither team could put anything together until the bottom of the ninth when Cole Sulser issued back-to-back four-pitch walks and the Phillies added another run to the board.
However, their comeback came too little too late and the Phillies dropped to 3-2 at home.
The Phillies will head on the road to face the 3-6 Atlanta Braves. The Orioles will head back home to take on the Tampa Bay Rays.