Saturday, March 18, 2017

1999 Sports Illustrated Greats of the Game #75 Tug McGraw

Blue Jays 7, Phillies 5
Spring Training Game 22 - Friday Afternoon, March 17th in Clearwater
Record - 9-10-3

One Sentence Summary:  Wearing green hats and jerseys, the Phillies dropped a 7-5 game to the Blue Jays.

What It Means:  If nothing else, the team's annual St. Patrick's day game means we're getting closer to actual baseball.

What Happened:  Howie Kendrick (1) and Aaron Altherr (2) both homered for the Phillies.  Aaron Nola had a bunch of 4's in his pitching line - 4 2/3 innings, 4 runs, 4 hits, 4 walks and 4 strikeouts. Pat Venditte struck out the side in his Phillies debut, striking out the first and third batters from the right side and the second batter from his left side.

Featured Card:  Continuing a tradition, here's a card of my favorite Phillies leprechaun.

Camp Head Count:  51 - 7 = 44.  Prior to this game, top prospects J.P. Crawford, Jorge Alfaro and Nick Williams were optioned to the minors.  Non-roster invitees Cameron Perkins, Taylor Featherston and Pedro Beato were reassigned to minor league camp.

Ben Lively was also optioned following the game.

Venditte models the green uniforms with his righty/lefty glove
Memory Lane
2010 - Mike Schmidt and the entire 1986 team go green.
2011 - Chase Utley models the green jerseys worn during Spring Training 2006.
2012 - A smiling card of Tugger and Roy Halladay models a green jersey.
2013 - Irish Mike Ryan's 1972 Topps card and Freddy Galvis in green.
2015 - David Buchanan started the game last year.  This year, here's already in minor league camp.
2016 - Vince Velasquez pitched well and Ryan Howard hit his first spring home run.
2017 - Kendrick and Altherr homered while Venditte made his switch-pitching debut.

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