Frankie couldn't hold the lead; two soft hits and two bullets gave the Phils a 3-2 lead. The lead run scored on a two-out fly that dropped in front of Corey Hart in right; maybe if El Coffee or even Sean Rodriguez was there instead...
It was pretty quiet after that; Liriano worked out of a bases loaded jam in the seventh of his own making; he walked a pair around a single with two gone, but finally retired Chase Utley on a grounder to keep the game close.
In the ninth against Jonathan Papelbon, the Bucs took their last shot. Fran Cervelli walked and Steve Lombardozzi ran for him; an out later, he reached third when a wayward pickoff throw bounded into right field. With a chance to be the hero, Jordy lofted a short foul fly to right by the railing; Rick Sofield sent Lombo, but Jeff Francouer set up quickly, fired a bullet home, and Carlos Ruiz got the ball in plenty of time to make the tag.
|Ruiz applies the tag on Rodriguez (photo: Chris Szagola/Associated Press)|
This afternoon, the Bucs try to take the series with Vance Worley taking on Aaron Harang.
- Pittsburgh didn't help themselves much; they not only lost the play at home, but banged into a pair of DP.
- Francouer's assist was his 123rd since 2005, tops in MLB over that time.
- Jameson Taillon will toss a frame during extended spring training today, his first live action against oppo batters since last year's TJ surgery.
- RHP Buddy Borden, who was the PTBNL in the Sean Rodriguez deal, tossed a seven inning no hitter.