Moniak stays hot, but the Yankees beat the Phillies 5-2 behind a Judge 3-run home run
The Yankees beat the Phillies 5-2 in Tampa on Monday afternoon behind an Aaron Judge three-run home run in the 7th inning.
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Spring Training: Phillies @ Yankees
- Phillies lose 5-2
- Winning Pitcher Chad Green (2-0)
- Losing Pitcher Seranthony Dominguez (1-1)
- Save Aroldis Chapman (1)
Kyle Gibson started his final game of Spring Training and got DJ Lemahieu to ground out to Bryson Stott. I have a feeling we will be seeing a lot of that this season.
Mickey Moniak looks likely a completely different baseball player in 2022. Moniak is swinging a hot bat and seems like his confidence is at an all-time high after receiving the news that he had made the Opening Day roster.
Moniak was drafted #1 overall out of high school in California because the Phillies believed he was a true five-tool player, who could develop into an all-star. Moniak is deceptively fast as shown here in beating out an infield single.
Matt Vierling knocked home Moniak with a sac fly in the 3rd inning to put the Phillies up 1-0.
Vierling did a great job to make sure he at least made contact with the bases loaded and no outs but how about that slide from the Mick!
What else could ask from a 23-year old kid? Seriously, Moniak is out there legging out infield singles and tagging up on shallow fly balls to get your team the lead…
Welcome to the Mickey Moniak Show! Moniak logged his second hit of the day with this 3-2 single to shallow center field raising his spring training average to .344.
I hate to say I told you so… but everyone here at TLL was correct about Mickey.
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Phillies backup catcher Garrett Stubbs drove in Johan Camargo to put the Phillies up 2-0 in the 4th inning. Stubbs had struggled entering the day slashing only .188/.188/.376 in a small sample size of 16 at bats.
I’m not exactly sure what the Phillies can expect offensively from Stubbs this season, but it can’t be any worse that the putrid performance we saw from Andrew Knapp in 2021, in which he hit a pathetic .152/.215/.214.
Knapp’s 2021 was worth -1.5 WAR and was honestly one of the worst offensive seasons I have seen in a long time. Stubbs may only be a placeholder until Logan O’Hoppe and Rafael Marchan are ready for the big leagues but he won’t have to do much to improve upon last years production from the backup catcher spot.
***Knapp is hitless in 10 plate appearances for the Reds this spring.
Gleybar Torres drilled this Kyle Gibson sinker for a home run to deep left center in the 6th inning to tie the game at 2-2.
Gibson wasn’t at his best as he allowed nine hits to Yankees hitters in 5.2 innings of work. But he managed to issue zero walks and strikeout four batters allowing only 2 runs on the day.
Aaron Judge sent this Seranthony Dominguez sinker 349 feet into the right field bleachers to put the Yankees up 5-2.
Dominguez has looked sharp this spring, showcasing good velocity and command in his return from Tommy John surgery. After retiring the first two hitters in the 7th inning, Dominguez walked DJ LeMaheiu, then hit Anthony Rizzo to set up the bomb by Judge.
Corey Knebel managed to strikeout Joey Gallo with this killer knuckle-curve to end an eleven pitch at bat.
Knebel has looked every bit the part of the dominating closer the Phillies expected when they signed him this off season. He has allowed only one solo home run and three hits in 5 innings of work this spring.
Imagine how many games the Phillies could win if they blow only a league average amount of saves compared to last year’s record 34.
Aroldis Chapman got Yemal Flores to strikeout on this nasty splitter ending the game in a 5-2 Yankees victory.
Up Next for the Phillies
The Phillies take on the Pirates in Clearwater on Tuesday with an early 12:05 p.m first pitch.
NBC Sports Philly WILL carry their 9th and final game of Spring Training.
Mandatory Credit: NJ.com