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Pierre Legs Out Infield Single For 11th Inning Walk Off Win

Phillies LF Juan Pierre celebrates beating out an infield single in the 11th inning that drove home Jimmy Rollins to win the game for the Phillies, 7-8, against the Cardinals. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)

Phillies 8, Cardinals 7 (11 innings)
WP – Jeremy Horst (1-0, 1.13)
LP – Barret Browning (0-2, 4.24)

PHILADELPHIA — “You can’t teach speed” was the call by Phillies broadcaster Tom McCarthy.

Juan Pierre used his speed to leg out an infield single in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the Phillies an 8-7 win. It capped a four unanswered runs as the Phillies overcame a 7-4 deficit created in the 8th.

Jon Jay’s two-run double broke the 4-4 tie in the 8th inning, and it was followed up by an RBI from Matt Carpenter to make it 7-4. But like most of the game, when the Cardinals did something, the Phillies repsonded.

It was Erik Kratz who hit a three-run homer to tie the game up, 7-7, eventually sending it to extra innings. That enabled Pierre’s walk-off infield single in the 11th to win the game for the Phillies.

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Roster Moves: Diekman, Elarton and Sanches sent down

Right-handed relievers Scott Elarton and Brian Sanches were both re-assigned to minor league camp this morning. Lefty Jake Diekman was optioned as well.

Both Elarton and Diekman had good shots at making the Opening Day roster.

Elarton was having an up-and-down spring, sprinkling two awful outings in with three good ones. He allowing eight runs on 10 hits in 14 1/3 innings pitched.

Diekman, who was pitching coach Rich Dubee’s favorite project of the spring, pitched very well. He allowed one unearned run on two hits in five innings, striking out nine batters. He was one of three pitchers to throw at least five innings without allowing an earned run this spring.

Split Squad: vs Baltimore; at Detroit

Phillies 3, Tigers 6 — Scott Elarton really wants to make the big league club this season.

Elarton pitched four strong innings, allowing a run on two hits but walking four. Location was an issue for Elarton in the 1st inning, walking three batters and allowing a run on a sacrifice fly that followed Brennan Boesch’s triple.

Shane Victorino and Juan Pierre each had two-hit days for the Phillies.

Phillies 3, Orioles 3 (10 inn.) — Roy Halladay got the start in this one. Doc went deep, missing a few of his spots, but overall on track to be as ready as ever heading into the season.

Halladay went 6 1/3, allowing two runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out nine.

Jim Thome crushed a two-run double in the Phillies’ three-run 3rd inning. Freddy Galvis had a three-hit game.

He will have one more Spring start before Opening Day on April 5.

Spring Training: Phillies 4, Tigers 3

On the day Freddy Galvis was named the starting second baseman on Opening Day, he did not disappoint.

The top infield prospect for the Phillies bumped his spring average up to .282 with his two-run, game-tying triple in the 5th inning as well as scoring the go-ahead run in the Phillies 4-3 win on Monday.

The Phillies were trailing 3-0 heading into the 5th inning and they put a four-spot on the board and held on to beat the Tigers in Clearwater.

Scott Elarton got the start, allowing all three of the Tigers runs in 2 1/2 innings of work. As Opening Day is around the corner, he needs to impress someone to have a shot at cracking the roster as a reliever with Jose Contreras apparently not ready.

Joe Savery was really good in his two innings, allowing a double and striking out three.

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Phils split their squads again

PHILLIES 6, TAMPA BAY 6 — Michael Scwimer pitched the 8th and 9th innings, blowing a two-run lead to the Rays in the 9th to end the game in a tie.

Joel Pineiro got the start, going two innings in the outing. He gave up a run on two hits and is most likely not making the Phils as a starter if he’s only pitching two innings this late in March.

On offense, Ty Wigginton doubled and Hector Luna had a pair of hits.

Scott Elarton was less than good in his second stint of the spring. After sitting down 12 straight a few days ago, he gave up three runs on four hits in only two innings of work.

Domonic Brown was scratched from this start at DH today with a stiff neck.

PHILLIES 6, ATLANTA 4 — Joe Blanton gave up three runs on four hits while striking out four in five innings. He have up a solo home run to Matt Diaz in the 2nd.

Jim Thome and Placido Polanco each had a pair of hits and a run batted in.

The Phils broke a 4-4 tie in the 7th when Scott Podsednik and Brian Schneider hit back-to-back RBI singles to make it 6-4.

Blanton improving so far this spring

Encouraging words from Matt Gelb.

Joe Blanton knows the 5th starter’s spot isn’t a lock heading into this season. But he does have the advantage over Joel Pineiro and Kyle Kendrick and he’s taking advantage of that opportunity.

Looking to erase a poor 2011 as well as focus on a contract year, 2012 is going to be the most important year of the 31-year-old’s career as he nears the end of his prime.

Blanton was excellent in three innings of work, allowing four hits and a walk while striking out three in the Phillies 1-0 loss against the Baltimore Orioles.

Blanton was using his change-up quite a bit, tweeted David Hale, as well as forcing batters to make low-quality swings. He did allow five base runners in the three innings, though.

Former Indians reliever Scott Elarton, who hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2008, pitched well in relief after Blanton. He gave up a lead-off homer to Chris Davis before cruising through four innings without allowing a base running, striking out four.

Phils had a prime opportunity to tie the game in the 6th. They had runners on the corners with one out but Shane Victorino struck out and Jim Thome flew out to end the threat.

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