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3/1/24 : Today in Spring Training

Updated: Mar 1

Grapefruit League Game Seven & Eight :


Phillies 6 Marlins 6

Clearwater, Florida


Scott Kingery, Cam Gallagher and David Dahl hit home runs - Dahl’s came in the ninth inning to tie the score at it’s final tally.  The Marlins scored twice in the first and added single runs in the third and fourth to take a 4-0 lead.  Kingery hit a two run homer in the 6th inning, the Phillies scored another run in that inning as well.  Miami plated two in the seventh - Gallagher hit a two run bomb in the 8th and Dahl a solo shot in the ninth.


At the Plate : 6 R, 9 H, 4 BB, 8 K’s


Scott Kingery, Cam Gallagher and Simon Muzziotti each had two hits.  Kingery also walked - he reached base in all three plate appearances.  Gallagher and Trea Turner each doubled.  Whit Merrifield tripled.  Kingery, Gallagher and David Dahl homered.


Defensive Gems :


Left fielder Christian Pache made an outstanding running and leaping catch on a hard hit line drive to rob extra bases early in the game.  Shortstop Bryan Rincon flashed the leather and arm on multiple plays - one on a slow chop towards the third base hole that he charged and threw the hitter out at first base.  First baseman William Simoneit showed good glove work receiving multiple low throws to record outs.


Pitching Notes :


RH Aaron Nola - 3 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 0 BB, 0 K’s - 36 pitches - sinker - 88-91 mph, four seamer - 90-94 mph, curve, changeup, cutter


RH Spencer Turnbull - 2 perfect innings - 4 K’s - threw really well - 28 pitches - sinker & four seamer - 91-95 mph, slider (11 pitches), curve


RH Griff McGarry - 1 perfect IP - struck out the side - great first outing!  - 15 pitches - four seamer - 95-98 mph, curve, cutter


RH Dylan Covey - no outs recorded - faced 3 batters - two walks and a HB - 2 R - 13 pitches - sinker - 92-94 mph, cutter


LH Tristan Garnett - 1 IP - retired all three batters he faced - two ground outs and one fly out - two inherited runners scored - 8 pitches - four seamer - 92-93 mph, change up (5 pitches - was nasty good)


RH Jose Ruiz - 1 IP - 0 R, 1 H, 1 K - 9 pitches - four seamer - 96-97 mph, slider, sinker -95-96 mph, changeup


RH Orion Kerkering - 1 perfect IP - 1 K - 13 pitches - four seamer - 97 mph, sinker - 98-99 mph, sweeper(slider) - 7 pitches


Minor League Call-Ups for the game :


Pitchers : Tristan Garnett, Andrew Schultz, Brett Schulze, Paxton Thompson, Cam Wynne

Catcher : Anthony Quirion

Infielders : William Bergolla, Bryan Rincon, Kendall Simmons

Outfielder : Baron Radcliff


Garnett, Rincon (SS) and Simmons (3B) all played in the game.


Tigers 4 Phillies 2

Lakeland, Florida


The Phillies scored a run in the second inning on a Nick Podkul RBI single.  Detroit scored three runs in the sixth inning on a two run home run by Parker Meadows and a solo home run by Ryan Kreider.   Eddys Leonard homered for the Tigers in the seventh.

Erick Brito singled in the top of the ninth, advanced to second on a walk, to third on an error and scored on a fielders choice.


At the Plate : 2 R, 9 H, 1 BB, 12 K’s


Aramis Garcia, Bryson Stott  and Kody Clemens each doubled.   Leandro Pineda singled and walked in his two plate appearances.


Pitching Notes :


LH Ranger Suarez - 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K’s - 38 pitches - 26 strikes - sinker - 90-92 mph, four seamer - 92-93 mph, cutter, curve, changeup


RH Luis Ortiz - 2 perfect IP - 2 K’s - 27 pitches - 19 strikes - four seamer - 92-94 mph, sweeper, sinker - 91-94 mph, slider, curve


RH Ryan Burr - 1 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 0 BB, 0 K’s - 17 pitches - 12 strikes  - four seamer - 94-96 mph, slider


RH Michael Mercado - 1 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 BB, 1 K - 12 pitches - 11 strikes - four seamer - 95-97 mph, curve, cutter


RH Michael Rucker - 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 HB - 21 pitches - 12 strikes - four seamer - 95-97 mph, sinker - 95-98 mph, cutter, curve


Minor League Call-Ups for the game :


Pitchers : Andrew Baker, Carlos Francisco, Cristian Hernandez, Alex Rao, Noah Skirrow

Catchers : Luis Caicuto, Herbert Iser

Infielders : Bryce Ball, Erick Brito, Robert Moore, Trevor Schweke

UTL : Bryson Ware

Outfielders : Marcus Lee Sang, Leandro Pineda, Ricardo Rosario, Ethan Wilson


Lee Sang (CF), Moore (2B), Wilson (LF), Ball (1B), Schwecke (3B), Brito (SS) and Pineda (RF) all played.


Grapefruit League record is now 3-2-3


Minor League Camp :


No on field activities - check in and physicals today.


In yesterday’s Grapefruit League game in Dunedin left hander David Parkinson pitched 1.2 innings of scoreless baseball - he faced six hitters, the only batter to reach base did so on catcher’s interference.  David threw 39 pitches - 24 strikes.  It was a very solid outing where he showed a four seamer (90-93 mph), changeup and curve.  David has always been a strike thrower, his game is akin to Kolby Allard’s.  Here’s some more notes on David, today’s spotlight player.


LHP David Parkinson  - 28 years old - drafted in 12th round of the 2017 draft from the University of Mississippi, MS


2023 Stats :  pitched all of his appearances except for one game for Reading (one at LHV) and posted an overall 3.80 ERA in 25 appearances (130.1 IP) - was 9-5 with 135 strikeouts against 54 walks, had an exceptional month of August where he recorded a 1.26 ERA in five starts (28.2 IP) - from July 7th forward went  7-1 over 12 appearences.  He finished amongst the Eastern League leaders in ERA (4th), Wins (2nd), K’s (7th), IP (4th), BAA (10th) and WHIP (9th).  Averaged 16.23 pitches per inning pitched and recorded a 63 % strike ratio.   He led the Phillies minor league organization in innings pitched and strikeouts.


2023 Notes :   features a fastball (90 to 93 mph), change up and curve ball.  Returned to the organization after voluntarily retiring and missing the 2022 season.  He’s a cerebral pitcher who also owns and operates his own training and baseball business where he incorporates “old fashioned hard work and new school data driven analytics with a mantra that hard work equals success.”  David knows how to pitch on the edges and generally has excellent control of his deliveries, is a master of changing speeds and hitting locations.  If ya like seeing pitching technique he’s fun to watch in how he approaches the game.  We first got to know him and his parents a bit back in 2018 when he had an outstanding season (11-1, 1.45 ERA in 124.1 IP) and won the Paul Owens Award while pitching at Jersey Shore and Clearwater.  He’s a student of pitching, has learned to have fun at it as well.  Is pitching winter ball this year in the Dominican Winter League.


Pitching Coordinator Travis Hergert :  “Parkinson had a solid year in Reading. Has ability to command his secondary offerings and made huge improvements from the '21 season. He was a durable starter in the Reading rotation and provided stability from series to series.”


David Parkinson - photo by Casey Burns


Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️


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