Sunday, February 25, 2024

Spring Training Game 1 - Baseball Returns; Phils Rake

2023 Choice Reading
Fightin Phils Update #5
Phillies 14
, Blue Jays 13
Spring Training Game 1 - Saturday Afternoon, February 24th in Dunedin
Record - 1-0

One Sentence Summary:  In the first Phillies game of 2024, the offense pounded out 16 hits and enjoyed a 10-run fifth inning in this 14-13 win over the Blue Jays.

What It Means:  With the exception of maybe Johan Rojas, none of the regulars played in this game, but it was still nice to see several potential bench players look productive early.  Like last year, and pretty much every year before that, I spent the day wishing I was in Florida.

What Happened:  For the second spring in a row, Weston Wilson connected for the Phillies' first home run, hitting a two-run blast in the second inning.  Scott Kingery followed a few batters later with a solo home run of his own.  The Phillies piled it on on the fifth inning, with big hits coming from Wilson (two-run double), Rojas (two-run triple) and Matt Kroon (three-run home run).

Phillies pitching allowed the Blue Jays to keep the game interesting.  Kolby Allard got the start and he allowed three runs (two earned) in his two innings of work.  Nick Nelson was hit the hardest, allowing four runs on five hits and a walk in two innings.

Featured Card:  Wilson was in line to get the featured card, but since he received the card in last year's first spring game, I went with Kroon instead.  Kroon has steadily climbed through the Phillies' minor league system since 2018, appearing in a bunch of minor league team sets.  This is the newest card of his in my collection, from the 2023 Reading Fightin Phils update set.

Camp Head Count:  61

As the Grapefruit League season begins, the Phillies have 61 players in major league camp - 40 on their 40-man roster and another 21 non-roster invitees.  This is down a few from the 65 players around for the start of spring training in 2023.

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