Rays 6, Phillies 1
Spring Training Game 6 - Monday Afternoon, March 3rd in Port Charlotte
Record - 1-5
One Sentence Summary: The Rays broke the game open with a five-run seventh inning against Michael Stutes, on their way to a 6-1 win.
What Happened: From the Phillies perspective, not much happened. Wil Nieves had an RBI-single in the fourth and the offense seemingly shut down for the rest of the day. Roberto Hernandez threw three scoreless innings in his second spring start. Stutes struggled in his outing, allowing five runs on three hits and two walks.
Featured Card: Stutes' bad inning could have been abbreviated if not for a botched play at the plate by catcher and non-roster invitee Lou Marson. With the new home plate collision rules in place, Marson poorly executed a block of home plate and Rays runner Justin Christian easily scored around him. I was very surprised at how publicly critical manager Ryne Sandberg was of the play, who did not mince words when he said it "was not a good play," and "It was bad technique at home plate."
Former Phillie Marson was a long-shot to make the team out of Clearwater, and it appears as if his chances just got even slimmer.