Bryson Stott, Matt Vierling shine in 6-5 Phillies win over Yankees
In what has become an annual day of melancholy and sadness, the Phillies reassigned super utility man Scott Kingery to minor league camp. Rumor has it that real estate prices in Allentown are booming due to the expected impact of #JetpaxSzn.
The broadcast today was incredible. A complete-180 from yesterday’s disastrous turd salad served up by the Pittsburgh Pirates and AT&T.
Scott Franzke was filling in for Tom McCarthy, who is too busy lining his pockets with that sweet March Madness money to show up for his real job.
It’s insane to me that another MLB team hasn’t poached Franzke yet and made him their primary play-by-play guy. When I hear his voice it reminds me of smoking darts in the parking lot of Rita’s on a humid summer night. Entering his 16th season with the Phillies he truly is a Philadelphian gem.
Spring Training: Yankees @ Phillies
- Phillies win 6-5
- Winning Pitcher Seranthony Dominguez
- Losing Pitcher Ryan Weber
- Save Andrew Bellatti
West Virginia University alum Braden Zarbinsky came in for relief of Kyle Gibson in the first inning and got Gleybar Torres to ground out to Alec Bohm at third.
Alec Bohm came in slashing .162/.286/.250 before ripping this double to left center. Bohm, despite rumors floating around that he could be traded, looked decidedly more comfortable today at the plate. It’s still way too early to dismiss Bohm after only six spring training games but right now I feel like Stott has a better approach at the plate.
Speaking of Phillies top prospect Bryson Stott. He looked like he already belongs in the show today. In his first two at bats he flashed quick hands driving the ball against Luis Severino both for singles.
Stott rifles a single up the middle to center x Stott flares a base hit into left center.
In his third at-bat, Bryson Stott showed tremendous patience at the plate by drawing a walk against flame throwing reliever Aroldis Chapman.
Didi Gregorius should start taking grounders at third because Stott is going to be the shortstop at some point this season.
Matt Vierling (my guy) entered the day slashing .308/.400/.462 and absolutely crushed this 3 RBI double from Luis Severino. It’s safe to assume that Vierling is winning the competition to become the Phillies Opening Day centerfielder.
Kyle Gibson, after being removed in the 1st inning due to a pitch count, returned in the 2nd and gave up a 2 run bomb to Kyle Higashioka. Higashioka would hit his second HR of the game in the 6th inning to put the Yankees up 4-3.
Gibson threw 10 pitches to lead-off hitter Aaron Hicks and never really settled in. Both Gibson and Luis Severino were pulled in the first inning only to begin the 2nd.
Gibson’s day: 2IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K
Bryce Harper kept the game tied 3-3 in the 5th inning with this absolute rope to Donny Sands to get DJ LeMahieu at the plate. Anyone that says Bryce Harper is limited defensively in right field doesn’t want Phillies games.
In the 7th inning the Phillies ‘Murderer’s Row’ of Ethan Wilson, Edgar Cabral, and Ronald Torreyes combined for 3 RBI to put the Phillies up 6-4.
Many fans rolled their eyes when the team resigned Torreyes last week to a minor league deal. Obviously they must have forgotten about the elite offensive output he provides.
Seranthony Dominguez looked locked in once again striking out two and picking up the win in one inning of work. As Drew wrote about last week a healthy Dominguez could completely change the outlook for the Phillies bullpen in 2022.
Up Next for the Phillies
The Phillies take on the Tigers in Lakeland Saturday at 1:05 p.m.