Friday March 14, 2008
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) -- Shortstop Yunel Escobar's grand slam
capped a six-run second inning and the Braves battered Francisco
Rosario in a 9-1 victory over the Phillies. Rosario, trying to nail down the Phillies' fifth starter job, did himself no favors. The righty, who entered the game with a 1.04 ERA in 8 2-3 innings out of the bullpen, became erratic and ineffective in the second inning. He yielded six runs and three
hits, two walks and also hit two batters.
Atlanta fill-in starter Royce Ring allowed one run and three
hits in two innings of work to earn the win. Ring was given the
start when Braves manager Bobby Cox decided to hold veteran Tim
Cox's Braves improved to 10-5-2 in Grapefruit League play. The
defending National League East champion Phillies dropped to 5-11-1.
After today's game, Manuel said his team needs to step it up for
the remainder of the spring schedule. Philadelphia has dropped nine
of 11 after starting 3-2-1.
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