Phillies with Big Inning

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.

One Thing Get Exciting

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.

Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.