CLEARWATER, Fla. - I figured you could use some positive news beyond Koji Uehara being scheduled to throw on Thursday. I’m starting to feel like Debbie Downer.
Jake Fox took over the team lead with six RBIs when he doubled in the first inning to score Randy Winn. Josh Bell followed with a sacrifice fly for a 2-0 lead against Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels.
Justin Duchscherer mowed down the Phillies in the bottom of the first, retiring the three batters he faced on 10 pitches. He got ground balls to second, short and first.
Duchscherer threw six of his 10 pitches for strikes. His fastball topped out at 84 mph.
Unfortunately, he didn’t get much rest. Hamels retired the Orioles on six pitches in the top of the second.
Update: Duchscherer tossed two scoreless innings today. He walked Ryan Howard to open the second and gave up John Mayberry’s two-out double to left. Duchscherer threw 27 pitches, 15 strikes. Four of his six outs came on ground balls. Brian Matusz will replace him in the third.