Pirates all over today. Maikel Franco homered twice in an 8-2 win in Bradenton. Groups One and Two traveled to Pirate City for games, and Groups Three and Four beat their Bucs counterparts at the Complex
Bailey Falter started for Group Three (and looks to be one of a few healthy starters for Clearwater, IMHO). He looked strong, going 4.0 innings, allowing one run, four hits, and striking out five. Felix Paulino followed with four strike outs in 2.0 innings.
Jhailyn Ortiz lost a ball retreating to the fence in right, but compensated with a 2-run double and home run off the Spectrum Field wall. You can see this and a few other videos on TheGkita on YouTube. We won 5-3.
David Parkinson struck out two batters in the inning I saw in the Group Four game. He gave up two singles that beat the shift. I think he continued to throw one or two more innings, racking up a couple more Ks. Josh Stephen faced a shift of his own and drove a pitch deep over the right field wall for a 3-run HR. We won 9-3.
Ethan Lindow pitched on Roberts as Group Five played the same team that shut them out yesterday. In the one inning I saw, he struck out one, walked one, and picked a runner off first to end the inning. Looked like a replay of Willie Mays Hays sliding back into the bag. The runner stopped a foot short in his slide with the glove ready to be applied. Group Five completed the home sweep with a 5-2 victory.
Here are the videos I took:
- Bailey Falter gets a K looking
- Falter gives up a HR
- Falter gets a K swinging
- Falter gets aground out to third
- Falter gets a K swinging
- Falter gets a pop out
- Falter gets a fly out
- Ethan Lindow gets a fly out
- Lindow gets a K swinging
- Lindow walks a batter
More roster moves: The Phillies moved even closer to their final roster when Adam Rosales was released. Matt McBride, Colin Cowgill, Pedro Beato, and Tom Eschelman were reassigned to minor league camp. That leaves 36 players on the Phillies’ spring training roster.
- Alfaro (1) will make the roster
- One of Knapp (2) and Rupp will make the roster, one will be optioned
- Santana, Hernandez, Crawford, and Franco (6) have made the roster
- Kingery will be optioned
- Middlebrooks will be reassigned and put on the DL
- Hoskins, Herrera, Altherr, and Williams (10) have made the roster
- Assuming a 4 man rotation, Florimon, Quinn, Valentin will make the roster (13)
- A lot hinges on whether Arrieta will pitch during the opening series. If he won’t be ready until April 11th, then he can start the season on the DL and rehab in Clearwater. In which case, the rotation looks like
- Nola, Velasquez, and two of Eflin, Lively, Pivetta (17)
- L. Garcia, Hunter, Morgan, Milner, Neris, Neshek (23) make up the bullpen
- with two of Arano, Curtis, Ramos, Thompson (25)
- Easy, peasy. A lot easier than guessing the roster make up of the affiliates.
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