Monday, March 27, 2017

2017 Chachi Almost #3 Sean Burnett

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.

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