Phillies 6, Pirates 3
Spring Training Game 30 - Sunday Afternoon, March 26th in Clearwater
Record - 11-15-4
One Sentence Summary: The Phillies rode a five-run first inning to a 6-3 win over the Pirates.
What It Means: There are six more spring training games remaining before the season opener in Cincinnati on April 3rd.
What Happened: Maikel Franco (5) and Andrew Knapp (2) both hit two-run home runs in the first inning. Knapp has struggled this spring and his average is now at .184 (7 for 38). But this was a big game for him as he looked good at the plate and threw out two baserunners. He's competing with non-roster invitees Ryan Hanigan and Bryan Holaday for the back-up catcher's job.
Featured Card/Camp Head Count: 40 - 1 = 39. Prior to the game, left-handed pitcher Sean Burnett requested and was granted his release. Burnett had a decent spring, appearing in seven games and pitching to a 2.00 ERA (2 earned runs in 9 innings). He had an out clause in his contract that kicked in on Sunday, meaning he had to be placed on the active roster or released.
Burnett's 9 innings in a Phillies uniform will be commemorated with his very own Chachi Almost card.