• Steve Potter

3/26/21 : Grapefruit League Game Twenty-Five

Very warm and humid evening in DunedinšŸ„µ.

Game Summary : Blue Jays 6 Phillies 5

The Phillies scored in the first inning as Didi Gregorius was HBP with the bases loaded.

Toronto scored a run in the second inning on an RBI single by Catcher Danny Jansen.

Bryce Harper smoked a long home run over the center field wall to lead off the fifth inning. Scott Kingery doubled off the same wall later in the inning to score Didi Gregorius ( singled ) and Andrew Knapp ( fielderā€™s choice ). Ronald Torreyes singled to score Kingery.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr led off the eighth inning with a home run for the Blue Jays. Breyvic Valera hit a two run home run. Forrest Wall tripled to score another run.

Toronto scored a run in the ninth for the walk off win on two walks and a game winning single by Richard Urena.

On The Hill :

Chase Anderson ( FB 92-94 ) went four innings - 84 pitches - 48 strikes. His final line in the game : 1 R, 2 H, 4 BB, 2 Kā€™s. Anderson finished the spring with a 3.07 ERA in 14 2/3 IP over five games.

Hector Neris ( FB 93-94 ) tossed a perfect fifth inning with two strikeouts, had a very good splitter this evening.

Jose Alvarado ( FB 99-101 ) pitched a perfect sixth inning with two strikeouts. Bounced back strong from last nights erratic outing.

Bryan Mitchell ( FB 94-95 ) threw a scoreless seventh inning but struggled in the eighth frame. He went 1 2/3 innings and was charged for four runs on four hits and two walks.

Neftali Feliz ( FB 93-95 ) allowed an inherited run to score on a triple before getting out of the eighth inning. He walked the first two batters he faced in the ninth inning, went 1/3 IP - 1 H, 2 BB.

JD Hammer ( FB 96-98 ) allowed an inherited run to score on a single. One out recorded.

At The Plate : 15 hits and 5 walks as a team

Ronald Torreyes ( who I believe is making the opening day roster ) had three hits.

Andrew McCutchen had two hits and a walk. Jean Segura had two hits, one a bunt single. Bryce Harper hit a home run and walked twice.

Nick Maton doubled and walked in two plate appearances.

Scott Kingery had a double and two RBIs and hit another ball very hard on a 5-3 groundout. He also struck out and reached on a fielderā€™s choice on a softly hit grounder to shortstop.

Doubles : Rhys Hoskins, Scott Kingery, Nick Maton

Home Runs : Bryce Harper

Defensive Gems :

Bryce Harper deked Cavan Biggio on a fly ball in the third inning. Biggio was a base runner on first base, a shallow fly ball was hit to right field and Harper feigned catching it which caused Biggio to stop halfway to second base. When the ball dropped Harper threw a strike to shortstop Didi Gregorius covering second to record the force out šŸ¤›.

Shortstop Didi Gregorius made an sidearmed flip to second baseman Jean Segura while falling towards third base to record a force out at second base.

Center Fielder Scott Kingery made a grab against the wall to end the fifth frame.

Shortstop Luis Garcia made a stellar stop and long leap throw from deep in the hole to record the final out of the eighth inning.

Notes :

Catcher Rafael Marchan made his 2021 Grapefruit League debut replacing JT Realmuto in the sixth inning. He had been sidelined most of the spring with a hamstring injury.

Twenty year old Johan Rojas is starting to show the skills weā€™ve raved about, another line drive single tonight and also stole his fifth base of the spring. Heā€™s gonna be fun to watch this summer in the minors.

Phil-Ins :

Mini Camp players on the roster today included pitchers Tyler Carr, JD Hammer , David Paulino, Jakob Hernandez and Bryan Mitchell , Catcher Edgar Cabral, Infielders Luis Garcia, Darick Hall, Luke Williams and Bryson Stott and Outfielders Matt Vierling and Johan Rojas.

Grapefruit League record is now 11-13-1

Next :

Phillies are back in Lakeland tomorrow against the Tigers ... 1:05 PM game time

Happy Day, Happy Baseball āš¾ļø

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