Braves power past Phillies
Atlanta cruises after Escobar, Thorman go deep early
BRAVES 9, PHILLIES 1
at Clearwater, Fla.
Friday, March 14
Braves at the plate: Shortstop Yunel Escobar dealt the biggest blow with a two-out grand slam off Francisco Rosario in the second inning. Scott Thorman also added a three-run homer off Shane Youman in the third. Brent Lillibridge was hit by a pitch twice.
Phillies at the plate: Greg Dobbs hit his second home run of the spring. It came off Royce Ring with two outs in the second inning.
Braves on the mound: With Tim Hudson scratched, Ring surrendered one run on three hits in two innings. Dan Smith, Will Ohman, Peter Moylan, Chris Resop and Vladimir Nunez combined for seven scoreless innings of relief, with Resop striking out the side in the seventh.
Phillies on the mound: Rosario, who had thrust himself into the fifth-starter competition, allowed six runs on three hits in two innings. He walked two and hit two batters. Youman allowed three runs on three hits and one walk in one inning, before John Ennis halted the Braves' offense with two scoreless frames, which included four strikeouts. Clay Condrey pitched a scoreless sixth, and then Carlos Carrasco finished up with three scoreless innings.
Grapefruit League records: Phillies (5-11-1), Braves (10-5-2).
Up next for the Braves: Atlanta will play a pair of split-squad games on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. ET, facing Houston at Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee, Fla., and hosting Tampa Bay at Champion Stadium in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. John Smoltz faces Jason Hammel at home, while Jair Jurrjens, who has seemingly locked down one of the rotation spots, opposes Roy Oswalt in the road contest.
Up next for the Phillies: Adam Eaton will make his third Grapefruit League start on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. ET at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla., as Philadelphia takes on Minnesota's Kevin Slowey. J.D. Durbin, J.C. Romero, Tom Gordon and Fabio Castro are also scheduled to pitch for the Phils. Also, Kyle Kendrick will start a Minor League game at the Carpenter Complex.
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.