Phillies with big inning for 5-1 victory. The Philadelphia Phillies played in familiar territory despite being the road team. Dunedin, Florida, saw the Phils traveled South to start a three-game series with the Toronto/Buffalo/Dunedin Blue Jays. Dunedin is the spring trading home for the Blue Jays and the next town over from Clearwater where the Phils play.
Vince Velasquez pitched what may be the best game of his career. He went 5 2/3 innings with 1 run allowed on 3 hits allowing 3 walks while whiffing 7. Unfortunately for Vinnie V, Jays starter, Steven Matz was just as good. He had 4 hits, 3 walks, and 9 strikeouts in his 5 innings. Velasquez deserved to win this game after Vlad Guerrero Jr. was the only one to get to him with a 6th inning solo home run.
In a twist of fate, it was the bullpen who faltered. This time it was not the Phillies but Toronto. Trent Thornton (1 2/3 IP, 2 earned runs, 2w, and 3 strikeouts ) and Tim Mayza (1 hit, 3 earned runs, 2 walks south 0 innings registered) were, to be blunt, brutal.
Andrew Knapp started the seventh by walking. It looked as if there would be no damage when the next two batters struck out. It’s always a nice day for a walk in Dunedin and Jean Segura, Bryce Harper, and, back from injury/Covid scare, pinch hitter, JT Realmuto followed suit. This forced in a run, all took a stroll to first.
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Rhys Hoskins turned hero with a base clearing double to get it to a 4-1 game. Not to be outdone, the struggling Alec Bohm plated Hoskins with a two-bag hit of his own to get it to the 5-1 score. The teams go at it again Saturday evening with Aaron Nola taking the hill. Let’s hope the Phillies more than one big inning.