Monday, February 26, 2024

Spring Training Game 2 - Pache Delivers as Phils Shut Out Yankees

2023 Topps Update #US154
Phillies 4
, Yankees 0
Spring Training Game 2 - Sunday Afternoon, February 25th in Clearwater
Record - 2-0

One Sentence Summary:  Solid pitching and a great start to the spring by Cristian Pache led to this 4-0 victory over the Yankees at the Phillies' spring home opener.

What It Means:  We had this game on in the background as we attended a gathering of family and friends to say goodbye to a dear member of our family who recently passed away.  It was a laid back and informal gathering, with plenty of Phillies talk and lots of laughs, which is exactly what he would have wanted.

What Happened:  Aaron Nola looked solid in his first spring outing, striking out three in two perfect innings.  Five Phillies relievers followed and held the Yankees hitless until Gregory Soto allowed a one out single in the top of the eighth.  Austin Brice looked fantastic as he closed out the game, striking out the side in the ninth.

Pache singled home the first run in the second inning and then hit a solo home run to left center field in the fourth inning.

Featured Card:  Pache scored his first mainstream Phillies baseball card in the 2023 Topps Update set.  He had previously appeared on a Topps Now card following his game-winning pinch-hit home run in a July 17th victory in Miami last season.

Camp Head Count:  62

Before the game, the Phillies announced the signing of Cam Gallagher (c) to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.  Gallagher was brought on border as Rafael Marchan (c) is dealing with a back injury.  With the new catcher's addition, the camp head count increased by one to 62.

Player (position) - 2023 Organization - Last Major Baseball Card

22.  Cam Gallagher (c) - Guardians - 2021 Topps Update #US27 (Royals)

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