Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Grapefruit Game 31 - 2017 Choice Williamsport Crosscutters #17 Malvin Matos

Phillies 3, Rays 2
Spring Training Game 31 - Monday Afternoon, March 25th in Clearwater
Record - 14-14-3

One Sentence Summary:  In the final Grapefruit League game of the year, prospect Malvin Matos hit a walk-off home run to give the Phillies a 3-2 win over the Rays.

What It Means:  The Phillies and Braves play the first game that matters on Thursday afternoon.

What Happened:  Maikel Franco (2) also homered.  Jake Arrieta went 6 innings, allowing 2 runs on 6 hits while striking out 8.

Featured Card:  It looks as if Matos missed all of last season due to injury, having only appeared in 3 games for the Lakewood BlueClaws.  This is the only card of his in my collection, and I don't think anyone would have predicted the final card featured in the final game summary post of Phillies 2019 exhibition season would be Matos.

Camp Head Count:  30.  The Phillies have 5 roster moves to make prior to the home opener and I don't anticipate any surprises at this point.  (But you never know!)

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