By Julie Glass
The Pirates batted around in the third inning against the Phillies’ likely opening day starter, Jeremy Hellickson, en route to an 13-8 Grapefruit League win yesterday in Clearwater.
Pirates right fielder John Jaso had a big day, with a three-run homer, a double, a walk, three runs scored and four RBIs. Eury Perez and Elias Diaz hit their first homers of the spring in the fifth and ninth innings, respectively.
Pirates right-hander Tyler Glasnow, the organization’s No. 1 prospect according to MLBPipeline.com, limited the Phillies to one run on four hits in four innings of work. He struck out five and also helped himself at the plate by singling and scoring onPhil Gosselin’s triple in the Pirates’ five-run third. Glasnow is competing for the final spot in Pittsburgh’s rotation.
“I think today felt more like a normal game. Went out and the game plan was just go treat it like a normal game,” said Glasnow, who was coming off a rough outing against the Braves on Monday. “It was fun getting back out there.”
Jaso’s home run put Pittsburgh up 11-1 in the sixth, but Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco, who made two errors earlier in the game, gave the home crowd something to cheer about when he connected for a grand slam in the seventh. Aaron Altherr’s two-run double brought the Phillies within five in the ninth before Brock Stassi struck out to end the game.
Hellickson was charged with eight runs, six earned, in five innings. He gave up nine hits including two doubles, a triple and Perez’s homer. He also walked one and hit a batter.
“That [third] inning had everything. It was good to stay out there a little bit and pitch tired,” said Hellickson, who threw 87 pitches. “You don’t want to do it giving up runs, that’s for sure. But I felt good. They hit some good pitches, and I left some pitches up. I’ve just got to figure out a way to limit the damage.”
Said Phillies manager Pete Mackanin: “That wasn’t fun. You always have one or two of those games in the spring, and this was one of them.”
Phillies leadoff hitter Cesar Hernandez reached base three times on two singles and a walk.