Atlantic City Press - March 18, 1980

Phillies Pound Bosox


WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) – Veteran Dick Ruthven, who underwent elbow surgery last summer, pitched three impressive innings and rookie catcher Keith Moreland drilled three hits Monday in leading the Philadelphia Phillies to a 9-3 exhibition baseball victory over the Boston Red Sox.


Ruthven allowed only three hits, all singles, and one run scored on a double play grounder, in his first appearance of the season. He was followed bv four other Philadelphia pitchers. 


Moreland had a long triple and two singles. He also stole a base and scored three runs.


The Phillies nailed down the victory with five runs off rookie Keith MacWhorter. The young right-hander was the victim of poor defensive support and bad luck as three of the four hits off him in the inning were of the infield variety.


The Red Sox has 11 hits, all but one singles, but hit into two double plays and left 10 runners on base. 


Mike Torrez became the first Boston pitcher to work four innings. He gave up five hits and walking four. He was touched for three runs in taking the loss. 


Philadelphia improved its record to 3-1. Boston slipped to 2-3.