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3/9/23 : Today in Spring Training

Major League Camp :

Live Bullpens :

Five pitchers threw morning live bullpens on Roberts Field - Gregory Soto, Mick Abel, Francisco Morales, Billy Sullivan & Andrew Baker.

My Observations :

Gregory Soto looks good in Phillies colors - he also throws the ball hard as advertised however I believe he mixed in a few changeups today - was something definitely softer and had the hitters off balance.

Francisco Morales had a good session, was in the zone with command as well - if he can do that consistently he’s got the stuff to be a big leaguer.

Mick Abel did an up/down two inning session - power arsenal on display as well as a sweeping curve.

Grapefruit League Action :

Phillies 7 ( 6-6-1 ) Orioles 6 ( 5-7 ) @ Clearwater

Summary :

Bryson Stott led off the bottom of the first inning with a home run to right field.

Baltimore scored twice in the second inning, Jordan Westburg doubled and scored on a single by John Lester.  Lester’s ground ball hit to center field was missed by Brandon Marsh allowing Lewin Diaz who had reached on a walk to score.  The Orioles scored two more runs in the third inning on a walk, single, sac fly and triple ( Franchy Cordero ).

Edmundo Sosa hit a two run home run in the fourth inning after which Jake Cave tripled - Aramis Garcia homered to left field to score Cave.

Edmundo Sosa led off the sixth inning with a long home run to left field.  The Phillies then loaded the bases on two walks and a single.  Rhys Hoskins grounded out to second base to score a run.

Robert Neustrom hit a two run home run for the Orioles in the seventh inning.

At the Plate : 8 H, 3 BB, 13 K’s

Edmundo Sosa had a day - two home runs in two AB’s with three RBIs.  Jake Cave went two for two with a triple and single, he’s now hitting .474 on the spring in 19 AB’s with an OPS of 1.577.  Bryson Stott was 2 for 3 with a home run.  Aramis Garcia went 2 for 3 with a home run and two RBIs.

Defensive Gems :

Jake Cave made a diving catch in left field on a sinking liner.  Catcher Max McDowell was quick to hop on a ball caromed off the leg of pitcher McKinley Moore in the ninth inning and then threw a bullet to first base to record the last out of the game 👏.

Pitching lines :

Aaron Nola - 3 IP, 4 R - 3 earned, 5 H, 2 BB, 1 K - 57 pitches - 38 strikes

Craig Kimbrel - 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K’s - 20 pitches - 11 strikes

Seranthony Dominguez - 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 2 K’s - 20 pitches - 13 strikes

Andrew Bellatti - 1 perfect IP - 8 pitches - 6 strikes

Nick Nelson -  1 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K’s - 23 pitches - 13 strikes

Jake Jewell - 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 0 K’s - 9 pitches - 5 strikes

McKinley Moore - 1 perfect IP - 2 K’s - 11 pitches - 9 strikes - was 97 to 99 mph with the fastball - looked dominant today 💪

World Baseball Classic Notes :

Phillies players in last night’s action :

SS Nick Ward went 2 for 3 with a double for Team Great Britain in their exhibition game against the Milwaukee Brewers.  1B Rixon Wingrove was 2 for 3 for Team Australia in their 10-7 win against Team Korea.

RHP Jesus Cruz threw a perfect inning with one strikeout for Team Mexico in their exhibition game against the Cleveland Guardians.

Garrett Stubbs played third base for Team Israel and led off in the batting order - he tripled in four at bats in their exhibition game against the Miami Marlins. LHP Jose Alvarado threw a perfect inning with one strikeout for Team Venezuela in their exhibition game against the Houston Astros.

Minor League Spring Training :

Side Bullpens :

Sixteen pitchers threw morning side bullpen sessions on the seven mounds in front of the David Montgomery Training Center, some performed their work on the new state of the art pitching lab mound inside the training center, pitchers who threw today - Braeden Fausnaught, Nathan Karaffa, Seth Nightingale, Chase Webster, Jonathan Hughes, Max Kuhns, Gabriel Yanez, Jared Wetherbee, Sam Jacobsak, Carlos Betancourt, Jack Dallas, Alex Garbrick, Albertus Barber, Colton Eastman, Carlos Francisco & Starlyn Castillo

Live Bullpens :

Five pitchers threw afternoon live bullpen sessions on Roberts Field - Christopher Soriano, Eric Garcia, Jonathan Petit, Mason Ronan & Wilson Valdez

Back at em tomorrow - Happy Day, Happy Baseball  ⚾️

Gregory Soto top and middle photos - Mick Abel bottom photo

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