Dominguez, Maton shine in Phillies 7-2 over the Detroit Tigers
It was cold and snowing today in Colorado, so watching some sunshine drenched baseball in Clearwater, Florida really boosted the spirits of this pale fella. The Tigers-Phillies game had a relaxed feel of an early Spring Training contest and I may or may not have cracked a beer before noon.
Before the game, news broke hinting that Odubel Herrera may not be ready for Opening Day on April 7th. All eyes will now be on Matt Vierling, who was recently ranked as the Phillies #10 Prospect, to takeover center field duties. Everyone knows that Joe Girardi hates Adam Haseley and Mickey Moniak, so we’re basically down to Vierling as the only real option in center for Opening Day.
Spring Training: Tigers @ Phillies
- Phillies win 7-2
- Winning Pitcher: Brad Hand
- Losing Pitcher: Drew Hutchinson
Johan Camargo ripped a double with the bases loaded in the bottom half of the sixth. The former Atlanta Brave has a great opportunity to be the Phillies utility man to begin the season. His ability to play three infield positions with average offense off the bench gives him an edge over some of the other candidates for the last spot on the 25-man roster.
Camargo pokes one down the line on an 0-2 count with the bases loaded
Speaking of another guy trying to prove he belongs with the big club, Nick Maton made this sick grab in the top of the third inning. He also led off the bottom of the third with a solid double to the gap. Maton ended the day 3-for-3 from the plate with one RBI.
Reigning NL MVP Bryce Harper made a cameo by ripping an RBI single in the bottom of the 3rd with 2 men on and 2 outs, notching his first hit of Spring Training.
Simon Muzzioti ripped RBI single in the bottom of the third inning. The kids swing looks good and should help silence the scouts who were worried his development would stall because he had trouble entering the country during the pandemic.
All eyes were on the members of the much maligned Phillies bullpen…
Bailey Falter looked good in the first inning. He allowed 1 hit but continued to look like a solid option as a long reliever out of the pen.
Jeurys Familia allowed 2 hits but also had 2 strikeouts in a roller coaster inning. As any Mets fan can attest, Familia is known for nearly inducing heart attacks with his wild outings.
Brad Hand allowed two hard hit balls including one to Javier Baez but was able to get out of the inning after allowing 1 walk and no hits.
Seranthony Dominguez looked fantastic with great life on his fastball after more than year away from the team recovering from Tommy John surgery. He projects to feature prominently in the back end of the Phillies bullpen this season.
The Phillies take on the Toronto Blue Jays in Clearwater Wednesday at 1:05 p.m. NBC Sports Philadelphia will have the broadcast of the game.
Mandatory Credit: The Philadelphia Phillies