Howard breaks slump in draw with Bucs

Howard breaks slump in draw with Bucs

PHILLIES 5, PIRATES 5
at Bradenton, Fla.
Thursday, March 29

Phillies at the plate: Michael Bourn, who is battling for a roster spot, singled to lead off the game and then scored two batters later when Chase Utley doubled to right. Ryan Howard followed with a broken-bat single, allowing Utley to score. Howard, who was 1-for-23 in his last seven spring games, then crushed a bases-empty shot off Pirates starter Shawn Chacon to right in the third. Pat Burrell wasted no time in collecting his fourth homer of Spring Training, slicing a first-pitch offering from Chacon just inside the foul pole in left for back-to-back homers.

Pirates at the plate: In the first, Ronny Paulino ripped a double off Phillies starter J.A. Happ down the line to left and then scored when Jason Bay launched a shot to left-center that the wind kept from going out, resulting in a double off the wall. The Pirates touched up the 24-year-old lefty for four more runs in the third that included three consecutive doubles by Bay, Adam LaRoche and Brad Eldred.

Phillies on the mound: Happ, who entered the game with an 0-1 record and a 5.68 ERA this spring, gave up consecutive doubles with two outs in the first inning to give up a run. The 24-year-old left-hander, who will most likely begin the season with Triple-A Ottawa, gave up four more runs in the third and was relieved after the inning. In the second and the third innings, though, the 23-year-old left-hander gave up solo homers to White and Castillo. Geoff Geary pitched two scoreless innings and gave up just one hit.

Pirates on the mound: Chacon took a line drive from Bourn off the chest to start the game but, after trainers visited the mound to check on the 29-year-old right-hander, he continued to pitch. Looking a bit shaken, Chacon retired Shane Victorino on a long flyout to left before Utley's double and Howard's single. In the third, he issued the back-to-back homers. Left-hander Juan Perez, who entered the game without allowing a run in 7 1/3 innings, continued his strong spring with a perfect inning in which he retired Utley on a groundout to second and struck out Howard and Burrell looking. Perez has given up only three hits to 28 batters he's faced this spring.

Grapefruit League records: Phillies 11-16-3; Pirates 11-16-1.

Coming Up: The Phillies travel back to Philadelphia to play their last two games of the exhibition season. On Friday, the Phils will battle the Red Sox in a Friday night affair at Citizens Bank Park. Cole Hamels, who is coming off an impressive 6 2/3-inning outing in which he allowed five hits and two runs, makes his fifth and final start of the spring.

Pirates left-hander Tom Gorzelanny, who has an 0-2 record with a 9.45 spring ERA, is slated to start his fifth spring game when the Pirates host the Twins in Bradenton, Fla., on Friday.

Chris Girandola is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.