Sunday, March 18, 2018

Grapefruit Game 23 - 2017 Topps National Baseball Card Day SGA #10 Tug McGraw

Phillies 10, Braves 6
Spring Training Game 23 - Saturday Afternoon, March 17th in Clearwater
Record - 9-13-1

One Sentence Summary:  Carlos Santana and Maikel Franco led the way with home runs in this 10-6 win over the Braves.

What It Means:  The Phillies wore green in their annual St. Patrick's Day game.

What Happened:  Santana (1) and Franco (3) both homered, and a three-run fourth inning saw RBI doubles from Ryan Flaherty, Mitch Walding and Santana.  Zach Eflin got the start and gave up four runs in his four innings of work.

Featured Card:  It always seems appropriate to feature a Tug McGraw card on St. Patrick's Day.

Camp Head Count:  48 - 1 = 47.  Prior to the game, Yacksel Rios was optioned to minor league camp.  The Phillies will need to pick up the pace with their roster reductions in order to get down to 25 before the season opener in Atlanta on March 29th.

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.
2018 - Santana hits his first spring home run in a win against the Braves.

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