Sunday, February 25, 2018

Grapefruit Game 2 - 2017 Topps Fire #143 Jorge Alfaro

Phillies 9, Orioles 6
Spring Training Game 2 - Saturday Afternoon, February 24th in Clearwater
Record - 1-1

One Sentence Summary:  Jorge Alfaro's second inning grand slam led the Phillies to a 9-6 win over the Orioles in the spring training home opener in Clearwater.

What It Means:  The offense looked good with 12 hits against Orioles pitching.

What Happened:  Alfaro got a green light with a 3-0 count and he didn't miss.  Zach Eflin allowed a run on two hits in his first spring start while Jake Thompson struck out the side in his inning of work.  Infielder Will Middlebrooks had to be carted off the field with a bad left ankle injury when he collided with Andrew Pullin trying to catch a fly ball.

Featured Card:  I've mentioned this here before, but Topps really overdid it last year with cards of Alfaro, Thompson and Roman Quinn in just about every one of its releases.  I imagine Rhys Hoskins will received the same treatment within the 2018 Topps releases.  Topps Fire was a new set last year and it came out in late September.  I'm sure some people liked this set, but I wouldn't mind if Topps Fire is a one and done release.

Camp Head Count:  63

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