Sunday, March 18, 2018

Grapefruit Games 21 & 22 - 2018 Topps Heritage #392 Jerad Eickhoff

Blue Jays 6, Phillies 4
Spring Training Game 21 - Friday Afternoon, March 16th in Clearwater

Phillies 6, Tigers 6
Spring Training Game 22 - Friday Afternoon, March 16th in Lakeland
Record - 8-13-1

One Sentence Summary:  The Phillies split their squad for the final time in 2018, losing to the Blue Jays and tying the Tigers.

What It Means:  I'm excited to shift from spring training game summaries to regular season game summaries.  Let's go.

What Happened:  In Clearwater, Vince Velasquez allowed a run on five hits in just 2 2/3 innings.  Cesar Hernandez (1), Cameron Rupp (1) and Pedro Florimon (1) all homered for the Phillies.  In Lakeland, Nick Pivetta allowed two runs in his five innings of work.  J.P. Crawford (1) and Ryan Flaherty (1) homered in this game.

Featured Card:  The big news of the day was the announcement that Jerad Eickhoff would miss the first few months of the season with a strained right lat.  Candidates to replace Eickhoff in the starting rotation to start the season are Zach Eflin, Ben Lively, Mark Leiter, Jr. and Tom Eshelman.

Camp Head Count:  48.  The camp head count held steady, but there was some roster shuffling as Florimon was added to the team's 40-man roster and Eliezer Alvarez was designated for assignment.

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