by Matt Breen and Philly.com, Posted: March 16, 2015
The Phillies went quietly in the ninth, and were handed a 16-4 loss today against the Orioles in Clearwater. Cole Hamels gave up six hits and five earned runs over two innings, but the O's didn't let up when the Phillies bullpen came on. Mike Nesseth and Cesar Jimenez each gave up four runs, and even Jake Diekman (1 ER, 3 SO in 2.0 IP) and Justin De Fratus (2 ER, 2 SO in 1.2 IP) had trouble. The offense has completely stifled, with the Phillies needing 10 batters before anybody reached base safely.
4:15 p.m. - The Phillies go 1-2-3 in the ninth for the loss.
4:06 p.m. - Jason Berken comes on for the Phillies with two outs and two runners on and two outs. He induces a pop-up to end the threat.
3:57 p.m. - Two runs score on a bases loaded single by Henry Urrutia, making it 16-4.
3:55 p.m. - The O's just keep pouring it on, even in the ninth innings with a 10-run lead. Justin De Fratus gives up a lead-off single to J.P. Arencibia, and Sean Halton's double put runners on second and third with no outs. After a pop-up for the first out, De Fratus hit a batter to load the bases.
3:43 p.m. - Two straight walks and a passed ball put runners on second and third with nobody out for the Phillies, with Andres Blanco at the dish. Blanco pops out, but Russ Canzler gets a ball out of the infield and knocks in a run. Back to back strikeouts end the inning.
3:33 p.m. - Justin De Fratus took the mound for the Phillies and managed to stop the bleeding, despite surrendering a single as well as his infield botching a play twice (on the fielding and the throwing portions).
3:25 p.m. - The Phillies logged their first extra base hit of the afternoon with a two-out Cesar Hernandez double. Chris Nelson stranded him out there by striking out looking and we head to the eighth inning.
3:15 p.m. - The Orioles knocked their fifth home run, this one by Dariel Alvarez. Diekman had been cruising, retiring five straight, until the dinger. He did get the next batter on strikes.
3:10 p.m. - On the verge of another small rally, the Phillies had runners on first and second with one out but still failed to score.
2:55 p.m. - Jake Diekman comes on and throws one of the first clean innings in recent Phillies history. We head to the bottom of the 6th, the Phillies still losing badly.
2:46 p.m. - Cord Phelps bashes a two-out single to knock in d'Arnaud from third base, making it 13-3.
2:42 p.m. - Chase d'Arnaud was struck in the shoulder by a pitch but appears to be healthy enough to go to first.
2:31 p.m. - With a sac fly, the Orioles knock in their 12th run off Jimenez. The hits kept on coming.
2:23 p.m. - Grady Sizemore follows Howard with another single and the comeback is on as Utley scores to make it 11-2.
2:18 p.m. - A sarcastic cheer thunders across the stadium as Cord Phelps gets the Phillies' first hit of the day, a single to left. Chase Utley follows him with another single. Ryan Howard followed with an RBI single that got the Phillies on the board and made it 11-1. The sarcastic applause rains down.
2:12 p.m. - Cesar Jimenez took over on the mound for the Phillies and allowed a one-out walk to Delmon Young before Nolan Reimold knocked a two-run home run to make it 11-0. An Orioles beat writer is concerned that with all this offense, no one will notice the perfect game Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez is throwing.
2:02 p.m. - The Orioles assault didn't end with Hamels' departure. Nesseth would allow a double, single, double, and a three-run home run to give Baltimore a 9-0 lead in the third inning. Meanwhile, the Phillies have been shut down by Miguel Gonzalez, nine up and nine down.
1:46 p.m. - Cole Hamels was removed after the second inning. He allowed five runs on six hits with two walks and two strikeouts. He was replaced by righthander Mike Nesseth.
1:31 p.m. - Cole Hamels continued to struggle in the second inning as Baltimore tacked on two more runs to take a 5-0 lead. Hamels allowed an RBI single to Jonathan Schoop and and RBI double to Jayson Nix.
1:34 p.m. - Domonic Brown was replaced in the lineup due to dehydration. He was replaced in right field by Grady Sizemore.
1:17 p.m. - The Phillies trail 3-0 after Cole Hamels allowed a three-run homer in the first inning of Monday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles. Chris Davis homered to center field with one out. Hamels has now allowed two runs in two of his three spring starts.
Posted: March 16, 2015 - 1:22 PM
Matt Breen and Philly.com
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