Castellanos, Schwarber hit home runs as the Phillies dominate the Orioles 7-1 in Clearwater
The Phillies pitching was marvelous today holding the Orioles to zero runs and just one hit before Seranthony Dominguez allowed a solo-shot in the 8th inning.
The Phillies scored all three runs on homers from Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber in the early innings, which proved to be enough behind strong defense and even better pitching.
Christopher Sanchez looked impressive once again to open the game throwing 3 innings of 1 hit ball. More importantly, the Phillies were able to limit their walks to one while striking out fourteen Orioles.
|C. Sanchez (W, 2-0)||3.0||1||0||0||1||3||0||0.00|
|C. Knebel (H, 2)||1.0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0.00|
|R. Sherriff (H, 2)||1.0||0||0||0||0||2||0||3.00|
|B. Hand (H, 1)||1.0||0||0||0||0||2||0||3.00|
|J. Familia (H, 1)||1.0||0||0||0||0||2||0||3.00|
|S. Dominguez (H, 2)||1.0||1||1||1||0||1||1||3.00|
Spring Training: Orioles @ Phillies
- Phillies Win 7-1
- Winning Pitcher Christopher Sanchez
- Losing Pitcher Dean Kremer
Nick Castellanos absolutely smoked his first home run in a Phillies uniform into the left field bleachers to put the home team up 2-0.
Castellanos finished the day 2-3, 2 H, 1 R, 2 RBI
Alec Bohm made this nice grab at third to rob extra bases from Ryan Mckenna. Bohm – who has struggled to produce quality at bats – began the day batting only .125.
Joe Girardi and Dave Dombrowski will soon face a tough decision regarding how to get Bryson Stott -who is clearly one of the team’s best nine hitters – into the everyday lineup come Opening Day.
The odd man out due to Stott’s ascension appears to be Bohm, who looks overly mechanical and off balance at the plate. If Bohm continues his woes at the dish and provides below-average defense at third base, I can’t see a reason to include him on the 25-man roster. My best guess would be that Dombrowski sends Bohm to AAA-Lehigh Valley where he can play everyday and work to improve his overall approach.
Kyle Schwarber sent this off speed pitch from Dean Kremer just over the right field fence to put the Phillies up 3-0 in the 3rd inning.
Bryson Stott entered the day slashing .417/.588/.667 and continues to impress by logging quality at bats.
Stott ended the day 3-3 pushing his average up to .533
Seranthony Dominguez, who otherwise is having an impressive spring following Tommy John surgery, allowed a solo home run to Tyler Nevin cutting the Phillies lead to 3-1.
Matthew Kroon provided some breathing room for the Phils by crushing this first pitch fastball over the left field fence into the bullpen and putting the Phils 5-1.
Kroon, an 18th round pick in 2018 out of Oklahoma State, battled a shoulder injury in 2021 but managed to slash an impressive .301/.361/.466 upon his promotion to AA-Reading.
Garrett Stubbs–who is in a position battle with Donny Sands for the backup catcher spot–mashed this 0-2 off-speed pitch into deep right field providing a souvenir for the kiddos.
The Phillies acquired Stubbs from the Astros during the offseason for minor league outfielder Logan Cerny. Although Sands is the front runner to make the squad on Opening Day, Stubbs appears intent on making the decision for Joe Girardi a difficult one.
Another day, another extra base hit for the much maligned Phillies prospect Mickey Moniak. Tom McCarthy is 100% correct in his analysis…Moniak has shown that sweet swing time and time again over the last week of spring training.
I am not arguing that Moniak should make the team on Opening Day, but he clearly has improved his pitch selection and shown overall improvement this off season.
I couldn’t have said it any better Drew Smith….Phillies fans seem intent on running Moniak out of town before he’s even old enough to rent a car.
Up Next for the Phillies
The Phillies take on the Yankees in Tampa on Tuesday at 1:05 p.m.
NBC Sports Philly WILL NOT carry the game tomorrow. Good luck to everyone!
Mandatory Credit: USA TODAY