Phillies starting lineup too much for the Blue Jays in Clearwater, Win 8-7
It was a busy day in Clearwater, Florida. The Philadelphia Phillies introduced Nick Castellanos to the media, followed by a Spring Training game against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Castellanos instantly endeared himself to Philadelphia with his thoughts on hard work and doing whatever it takes to win.
Spring Training: Tigers @ Phillies
- Phillies win 8-7
- Winning Pitcher: Christopher Sanchez
- Losing Pitcher Jose Berrios
- Save Francisco Morales
All eight of the Phillies runs came from guys projected to be in the starting lineup on Opening Day.
One of those guys, Matt Vierling, came through with a seeing eye single with the bases loaded during a four run 2nd inning. Vierling continues to impress in a competition for the starting centerfield role that Joe Girardi recently described as ‘wide open‘.
Jean Segura lined a 2-RBI single down the right field line later in the same inning to give the Phillies a 4-0 lead.
Didi Gregorius looks healthy after battling elbow injuries that left him rated as one of the worst everyday players in baseball last season. Didi put the Phils up 6-1 with this drive to the right center gap.
A beefy and increasingly tattooed Mickey Moniak came very close to hitting a solo shot in the 4th and would later be driven home courtesy of a JT Realmuto 2 out single. Moniak also had a nice looking outfield assist in the 7th on some strange looking base running by Toronto.
An outfield assist for Mickey Moniak and a great tag by Darick Hall
The Daily Bullpen Watch was jam packed today as we saw 7 total relievers take the mound for the Phillies. Christopher Sanchez threw 2 inning of solid no-hit ball.
After Sanchez exited the game the Phils other bullpen arms came in and quickly allowed a five run lead to slip away. Connor Brogdon allowed 1 ER on 2 hits and a walk in what could have been a much bigger 3rd inning.
A good rule of Spring Training:
Overreact to the good, downplay the bad.
Not worried about Brogdon in the slightest and expect him to be a great arm in the bullpen this season.
Sam Coonrod serving up beachballs: No analysis needed
Nick Nelson who was acquired from the Yankees this offseason along with catcher Donny Sands, pitched two hitless innings to stop the bleeding caused by Austin Ross (whom I have never heard). Ross is a former 35th round pick out of Beaver, PA.
Just like that, it was a one run ball game.
Michael Kelly let up back to back dingers in the top half of the 8th.
Francisco Morales, recently named the Phillies #11 prospect by MLB.com struck out three en route to the save despite giving up a bunt single and walking one in the 9th.
Regardless, the important part of Spring Training is the first few innings when actual starters are in the lineup and Major League pitching is on the mound. The Phillies destroyed the Blue Jays when it matted most. From there, we move on to the next.
Up Next for the Phillies
The Phillies take on the Pittsburgh Pirates in Bradenton Thursday at 1:05 p.m. NBC Sports Philadelphia will have the broadcast of the game.