Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Spring Training Game 24 - Phils Romp O's; Appel Released

2023 Topps #259
Phillies 14
, Orioles 6
Spring Training Game 24 - Monday Afternoon, March 19th in Clearwater
Record - 12-11-1

One Sentence Summary:  The Phillies banged out 14 runs on 15 hits in this lopsided win over the Orioles in Clearwater.

What It Means:  Let's get this season started.

What Happened:  Rhys Hoskins went 2 for 3 with a two-run home run in the second, and Alec Bohm went 2 for 4 with a solo home run in the seven-run second inning as well.  Nick Castellanos and Edmundo Sosa also had two hits a piece.  The Phillies went with another bullpen game, and minor leaguer Matt Russell struck out the side to end the game.

Featured Card:  See below.

Camp Head Count:  55 - 4 = 51

Prior to the game, Ben Bowden (lhp), Louis Head (rhp) and Max McDowell (c) were reassigned to minor league camp and Mark Appel (rhp) was released.

Hopefully Appel will catch on somewhere and continue playing for one more year, as he had recently announced his intention for this to be his last year in baseball.  Appel pitched 10 1/3 innings last season for the Phillies over six relief appearances, earning a 1.74 ERA.  This is his card from Topps Series One, coming almost 10 years after the Astros had made his their top pick in the 2013 amateur player draft.

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