Orioles outlast Phillies 3-2 in Ranger Suarez Spring debut
Ranger Suarez was on the mound for some Friday afternoon baseball in Clearwater, Florida as the Phillies lost to the Orioles 3-2.
Phillies Quick Hits:
Bryce Harper paid tribute to man’s man Mike Schmidt by donning a tuxedo in the new 2022 Philadelphia Media Guide.
The Phillies continued to trim down the roster in advance of Opening Day by reassigning two players to minor-league camp.
2007 NL MVP Jimmy Rollins was named Special Advisor to GM Dave Dombrowski while he continues to work Phillies broadcasts.
We are only week away from real baseball! The Phillies open up against the Oakland A’s next Friday in South Philadelphia at 3:05 pm.
I know I’m certainly excited for a return to normal after a Spring Training spent pirating terrible opposing team broadcasts and watching exhibition baseball at 11 am (my time) for eighteen straight days.
Spring Training: Phillies @ Orioles
- Phillies lose 3-2
- Winning Pitcher Jordan Lyles (1-0)
- Losing Pitcher Ranger Suarez (0-1)
- Save Travis Lakins Sr.
Ranger Suarez toed the rubber for the first time this spring to predictably mixed results. In the 1st inning Suarez appeared to have his best stuff including this pitch to Cedric Mullins. He went on to strike out three batters in the opening frame.
Suarez was late arriving to camp as he dealt with visa issues in his home country of Colombia. The Phillies desperately need him to repeat something close to his breakout season in 2021. With so many question marks facing the bullpen, a starting rotation that is predicted to be among the best in the NL must live up to expectations for the Phillies to finally reach the postseason.
Suarez frequently struggled with his command and left this fastball out over the middle of the plate for Ryan Mountcastle and this two run homer.
Ranger Suarez managed to help himself out with this nice defensive play to get out of the 2nd inning after allowing a hit and issuing a walk. Suarez finished the day with 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
Alec Bohm put the Phillies up 1-0 with this shot to left center field. Like Mickey Moniak, Bohm has been getting a lot of unjustified hate on social media this spring.
Phillies fans don’t seem to notice the irony of hyper-analyzing every at bat of a young player who has clearly struggled with confidence issues. Listen, I am concerned too! But I also have seen flashes of the immense offensive ability Bohm showed during his fantastic rookie season. Im willing to the give the new Phillies development staff and hitting coach a chance to work with Bohm. Im confident that Bohm will have a big moment for the Phillies in 2022. Take a deep breath and fucking relax.
Bohm finished the day 2-3, 2 R, 2 RBI
Corey Knebel served up this home run to Jorge Mateo putting the Orioles up 3-1 during his only inning of work. Expected to be the Phillies primary closer on Opening Day, Knebel had previously pitched four innings of scoreless ball this spring.
Johan Camargo drove home Alec Bohm in the 4th inning with this RBI single. Camargo looks like a good bet to be the first bat off the bench for Joe Girardi and provides valuable defensive ability at multiple infield positions.
Another game, another hit for Bryson Stott.
Stott went 1 for 3 bringing down his average to .522
That’s pretty much everything notable that happened in a game that I can only describe as sleepy. The final 5 innings saw only a few scattered hits and an error committed by Nick Maton.
Up Next for the Phillies
The Phillies take on the Blue Jays in Dunedin on Saturday at 1:07 p.m.
Good luck watching as NBC Sports Philly WILL NOT carry the game.