This Phillies lineup is built to put on some impressive power shows this summer and the long balls continued to fly Monday in Clearwater. Meanwhile, six pitchers held Baltimore – admittedly not a strong lineup – to just two hits and didn’t walk a batter as the Phillies beat the Orioles 7-1.
OFFENSE – Monday saw 11 more Phillies hits with eight of them of the extra base variety. Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber both hit their first of the spring as did backup catcher candidate Garrett Stubbs. JT Realmuto picked up his third double of the spring and Bryson Stott, Mickey Moniak and Castellanos all added doubles with Castellanos, Stubbs and outfield prospect Matt Kroon all picking up two RBI in the game.
HR – Kroon (2), Castellanos (1), Schwarber (1), Stubbs (1)
PITCHING – Lefty Cristopher Sanchez is making his bid to be a long-man out of the Phillies bullpen this summer or perhaps get a look in the starting rotation if needed down the road. The 25-year old added three more shutout innings to his line to give him six innings without allowing a run this spring. Sanchez, who made his major league debut last season with the Phillies, has also allowed just two hits and two walks this spring. Corey Knebel, Ryan Sheriff, Brad Hand, Jeurys Familia and Dillon Maples all threw one clean inning against Baltimore. Seranthony Dominguez gave up an eithth inning solo home run to Tyler Nevin in the game.
WP – Sanchez (2-0, 0.00), LP – Kremer (0-1, 7.20)
PHILLIES NOTES – After the game the Phillies reassigned four players – RHP Joe Gatto, OF Justin Williams and Cs Edgar Cabral and Austin Wynns to minor league camp. They now have 41 players in camp… Sam Coonrod has been shut down for up to a week with a shoulder strain putting his availability for opening day in jeopardy. Jose Alvarado continues to progress and threw off flat ground on Monday. He may still be available to open the year with the Phillies… Alec Bohm has continued to struggle at the plate, but he made two nice plays at third base early in Monday’s game.