Leading off March 4th: Willis, Qualls get mulligans
Rich Dubee always says that he gives pitchers a mulligan on their first outing of the spring. That is good news for two veterans who are hoping to gain Dubee's trust this spring. Dontrelle Willis and Chad Qualls combined to allow six base runners and four runs in the sixth and seventh innings of the Phillies' 8-5 loss to the Yankees yesterday. Qualls retired the first two batters he faced, then allowed a double to Chris Dickerson, a triple to Dewayne Wise and a homer to Cole Garner before finally getting Justin Maxwell to fly out to end the inning. Qualls looked to have trouble keeping his sinker down in the zone. Keep in mind that the veteran righty had a 5.05 ERA in the 38 appearances he made away from the spacious confines of Petco Park. Also important to note: lefties hit .320/.381/.500 against Qualls, while righties hit (.218/.255/.282). Dickerson and Wise are lefties. Garner is a righty.
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