Monday, March 12, 2012

Phillies 4, Pirates 1

Five Phillies pitchers limited the Pirates to two hits for a 4-1 victory in front of 6,556 fans at McKechnie Field.
Gorkys Hernandez and Jordy Mercer singled for the Pirates (3-7), with Hernandez's hit breaking up a no-hitter in the seventh.
Charlie Morton pitched two scoreless innings and allowed four hits in his Grapefruit League debut. The righty, who won 10 games for the Pirates last season, underwent hip surgery in October.

STAR OF THE GAME: Phillies starter Vance Worley pitched four perfect innings and struck out eight.
PROSPECT OF THE GAME: Hernandez, 23, not only got the Pirates' first hit, but he stole a base and scored a run on a throwing error. The Pirates acquired Hernandez in 2009 from the Atlanta Braves along with Morton and pitcher Jeff Locke in exchange for Nate McLouth. Hernandez hit .283 with 21 steals last year for the Pirates' Triple-A team in Indianapolis.
UP NEXT: The Pirates are off Tuesday but return to action 1:05 p.m. Wednesday when they head to Sarasota to play the Baltimore Orioles. James McDonald is slated to pitch for the Pirates against the Orioles' Jake Arrieta.

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