Orioles 8, Phillies 7
Spring Training Game 29 - Friday Night, April 1st in Philadelphia
Record - 15-11-3
One Sentence Summary: The Phillies received home runs from Maikel Franco, Ryan Howard and Darin Ruf, but Dalier Hinojosa couldn't hold the lead in the ninth and the Orioles ultimately won, 8-7.
What It Means: This was the final official spring training game of the year, with the Phillies playing their last exhibition game (weather permitting) against the Phillies Futures club this afternoon. Hot at the start of the spring, the Phillies tailed off in the past few weeks. They were one of five National League teams with at least 15 spring victories.
What Happened: Aaron Nola pitched three strong innings, striking out five, before torrential downpours ended his night early. Ernesto Frieri was hit hard in his outing, allowing four runs on two hits (both home runs) and two walks in 1/3 of an inning.
Garabez Rosa went 3 for 3 for the Orioles including the game-tying home run off Hinojosa in the ninth. The eventual Orioles winning run scored on a Hinojosa wild pitch.
Featured Card: With the roster moves made after the game (see below) it would appear as if non-roster invitees Emmanuel Burriss, James Russell and Cedric Hunter have all made the club. Of the 25 guys expected to be on the opening day roster, Burriss is the only player I've never featured on this here blog. I'd thought I remedy that with his most recent mainstream card from the 2010 Topps Update set.
Camp Head Count: 36 - 4 = 32 - Following the game, pitchers Andrew Bailey and Frieri, catcher J.P. Arencibia and outfielder Will Venable were reassigned to minor league camp. These final moves would seem to indicate that the opening day roster is now set as there are seven players expected to start the season on the disabled list.