4/6/22 : Last day of Spring Training
Updated: Apr 6
The last Grapefruit League game of the 2022 season - against the Rays at Tropicana Field.
The Game : Phillies 9 Rays 2
Bryce Harper belted a solo two out home run over the center field fence in the top of the first inning. Nick Castellanos doubled which was followed by a loooong home run off the bat of Rhys Hoskins into the left field bleachers. 3-0 Phillies after first AB’s 💪.
Mickey Moniak hit his 6th home run of the spring in the second inning - a rifled line drive into the right field seats. It drove in Bryson Stott ahead of him who had walked in an 11 pitch plate appearance. Bryce Harper hit an absolute bomb into the right field seats in his second AB scoring Kyle Schwarber ( walked ) and JT Realmuto ( singled ) ahead of him. 8-0 Phillies after two AB’s 🤓
Johan Camargo hit a solo home run over the center field wall in the 8th inning.
LH Ranger Suarez - excellent outing ! - 3 2/3 IP, retired all 11 batters he faced - 1 K, 6 groundouts, 4 fly balls - 43 pitches -27 strikes - sinker ( 91-93 mph ), changeup ( 84-85 mph ), four seamer ( 92-94 mph ) and slider ( 80-84 mph ). Very sharp 👏
RH Corey Knebel - retired only batter he faced - 2 pitches - 2 strikes - knuckle curve ( 77 mph ) and four seamer ( 94 mph ).
LH Bailey Falter - 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 1 K - 23 pitches - 13 strikes - four seamer & sinker ( 90-92 mph ), curve ( 74-75 mph ), changeup ( 82 mph ) and slider ( 83 mph ).
LH Jose Alvarado - 1 perfect IP - 2 K’s - 9 pitches - 7 strikes - sinker ( 98-99 mph ), cutter ( 92-94 mph ) and four seamer ( 98 mph ) 🔥.
RH Michael Kelly - 1 perfect IP - 2 K’s - 15 pitches - 10 strikes - slider ( 81-85 mph ), four seamer ( 92-94 mph ) and cutter ( 85 mph ).
RH Aidan Anderson - 1 perfect IP - 2 fly balls & 1 ground out - 8 pitches - 6 strikes - four seamer ( 91-93 mph ), slider ( 83-85 mph ) and change up ( 85 mph ).
LH Ethan Evanko - 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 1 K - 17 pitches - 10 strikes - changeup ( 79-80 mph ), curve ( 72-76 mph ) and slider ( 74-75 mph ).
Web Gems :
Ranger Suarez had a liner hit off his glove in the second inning, the ball trickled behind him towards second base. The ball knocked his glove off but he hustled behind the mound, picked the baseball up bare handed and threw the runner out at first base to end the inning ! What a play 👀😳.
Second baseman Jean Segura made a diving stop on a grounder ranging far to his right and threw to Pitcher Ranger Suarez covering first base to record the final out of the third inning - a more than classic PFP ( Pitcher’s Fielding Practice ) play 😁.
Other Notes :
Mickey Moniak was hit in the hand by a pitch in the fourth inning - he swung though and was called out on strikes. Hopefully not an injury set back. Came out of the game afterwards. He had x-rays - just a bruise - nothing broken - 😥
Final Grapefruit League record - 10-7-3
Bryce Harper - 2022 spring training file photo - Mark Wylie
Minor League notes :
Leandro Pineda ( 19 yrs old ) got into the Phillies/Rays game in the fourth inning in RF. Chris Burke ( 20 yrs old - LF ), Randy Vasquez ( 19 yrs old - 1B ), Albert Jerez ( 20 yrs old - 2B ) entered the game in the fifth inning. Oscar Gonzalez ( 21 yrs old ) took over the DH role in the 6th inning. Aidan Anderson pitched the 8th inning and Ethan Evanko tossed the 9th.
The Reading and Jersey Shore squads are scrimmaging each other in Reading this afternoon ( 2 PM start ). Logan O’Hoppe homered in the second inning for Reading. Nick Matera went yard for Jersey Shore in the fourth inning. RH Jack Perkins tossed the first four frames for Reading, RH Victor Vargas went the first three for JS. I will follow up with more in my minor league round up after tonight’s Lehigh Valley game.
Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️