Phillies shake things up but lose. Prior to their game against the Tampa Bay Rays, the Philadelphia Phillies made moves. That included Freddy Galvis and Sam Coonrod being activated with Enyel De Los Santos and Jorge Bonifacio being dropped from the roster. Director of Baseball Operations, Dave Dombroski shook up the Front Office by replacing, Bryan Minniti, Josh Bonifay as well as Scott Proefock. Minniti and Proefock will now be Consultants.
“I wasn’t satisfied with some things on the player-development aspect, from observation and past history…then, when you start trying to sort out who’s responsible for what, sometimes that’s hard to do,” Dombrowski spoke candidly.
Did I mention there was a game to be played? Ranger Suarez got the start and pitched well. Going 6 2/3 innings surrendering 6 hits, 1 run, walking one, and whiffing 6 on his 97 pitches. Brandon Lowe plated Wander Franco give the Jays a short-lived lead with Bamboo Brad Miller, doubled knocking in Didi Gregorius who had singled. In the 8th inning, Archie Bradley issued a free pass to Brett Phillips who promptly stole second.
Randy Arozarena was plunked with a pitch to set the stage for the game hero. Nelson Cruz rocked a bases-clearing double that provided the margin of victory. Some baseball oddities, when Bradley struck out Wander Franco, it was only the second strikeout for Franco in his last 9 games. Nelson Cruz has played 1852 Major League games. Big deal right? It was the first game he ever played first base. Phillies shake things up but lose.