The boys of the summer are finally back, as the Phillies have played their first games of spring training, starting on Friday afternoon as the Phillies defeated the Rays 3-2.
Saturday afternoon marked the Phillies’ first home game of the spring, as they faced the Pittsburgh Pirates. It was a slower game, as neither offense could get much started. Much of the game was spent at a 1-0 Pirates’ lead, then a 1-1 deadlock. The crushing blow came in the top of the 9th, as the Pirates got a 2-run homer to put them up 3-1. Despite a solo-homer by Matt McBride in the bottom of the 9th, the Phillies couldn’t complete the comeback, and fell 3-2.
On Sunday, the Phillies were away in Lakeland against the Tigers. They put on an offensive clinic, as Nick Williams and Drew Butera each hit 3-run homers. Dylan Cozens joined in on the slugfest with authority, as he launched a 478-foot moonshot solo homer. At the end of the day, they came away with the 10-6 win, and go into Monday with a 2-1 record in spring.
The Phillies have a busy week ahead, as they play the Tigers again, Yankees, Twins, along with split-squad action on Thursday vs the Orioles and Blue Jays.