Lannan, Phils blank Pittsburgh
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) -- A.J. Burnett lasted just 1a-c innings Monday against the Philadelphia Phillies, struggling with his control as his pitch count climbed to 51.
The Pittsburgh Pirates ace, preparing for an opening-day start against the Chicago Cubs, walked in a pair of runs in a four-run second during a 5-0 loss, giving up four runs, four hits and the two walks.
"All I'm worried about is April 1 and building up to that date," Burnett said.
Burnett issued consecutive walks to Humberto Quintero and Ben Revere that forced in two runs. Later in the inning, Chase Utley worked reliever Kris Johnson for another bases-loaded walk.
Phillies fifth starter John Lannan and four relievers combined on a one-hitter. Lannan gave up the Pirates' only hit, a two-out double by Travis Snider in the first, and walked two during three scoreless innings.
Lannan has allowed one run in five innings in his first two starts. He signed a $5 million, one-year deal with Philadelphia after Washington allowed him to go free.
"I just felt like I had a good rhythm," Lannan said. "My fastball felt good and I had a good mix with Quintero back there catching. I wish I wouldn't have walked the two guys. Other than that, though, I was happy."
Mike Adams, signed to a $12 million, two-year contract, followed Lannan and pitched one perfect inning with one strikeout. Rookie left-hander Adam Morgan followed with three innings and Raul Valdes got the final six outs.
Michael Young had two hits and two RBIs for Philadelphia. Revere and Yuniesky Betancourt also had two hits in helping send Pittsburgh to its seventh loss in eight games.
"It's been a real good spring for us," Manuel said. "We've been working real hard, and we've started hitting the last three or four days. The pitching has been good and now we're starting to swing the bats the way I know we can."