Spring Training Game 27 - Sunday Afternoon, March 28th in Clearwater
Record - 12-14-1
One Sentence Summary: Zack Wheeler threw three scoreless innings in his final appearance of the exhibition season as the Phillies defeated the Yankees, 6-2.
What It Means: After one final game on Monday afternoon, the Phillies will make the trip back to Philadelphia where they'll open the season on Thursday.
What Happened: Wheeler struck out 4 in his outing and allowed only one hit. The new and improved Phillies bullpen combined for six innings, allowing only 2 runs on 5 hits while striking out 10. Vince Velasquez, David Hale, Archie Bradley, Connor Brogdon and Brandon Kintzler will all be in the 'pen to start the season. A group of mini-campers came through in the seventh driving in three runs. Nick Maton doubled home Matt Vierling who had hustled to reach on a ground ball to avoid a double play. Luis Garcia then doubled home Maton, with Bryson Stott singling home Garcia.
Featured Card: See below.
Camp Head Count: 53 - 6 = 47. Or 27, if you don't count the 20 mini-camp invitees still around. The Phillies haven't had very many surprising roster moves lately, but this one came as a bit of a surprise. Scott Kingery (inf-of), JoJo Romero (lhp) and Rafael Marchan (c) were all optioned to minor league camp. The Kingery move makes sense, as he's struggled mightily for over a year now. This will allow him to get some regular at-bats and hopefully figure out what's going on. The Romero move surprised me. He's been a reliable and consistent reliever since last year's shortened season and his demotion leaves Jose Alvarado as the only lefty in the bullpen to start the season.