The big story before yesterday’s game with the University of Tampa was the Phillies 6-2 loss to them to kick-off last season’s spring training. The Phils were the only team to lose to a college team in spring training in four years and the Spartans were going into this game with a 9-1 record. But it was not to be this season as the Phillies won 8-3 in a rematch.
The Phillies started Jeremy Hellickson for an inning and Aaron Nola came on for the second inning. Both pitched clean innings. Watch a Nola strike three HERE.
The Phillies jumped out to a quick lead and were never headed in the game. Only minor league free agent Edward Mujica struggled as he gave up all three Spartan runs in the third. The rest of the Phillies staff looked sharp especially former Angels closer Ernesto Frieri, Watch HERE, and Rule Five pick Daniel Stumpf. Watch HERE and HERE.
At the bat Andrew Knapp looked ready. He hit a two-run RBI single and was robbed of a hit on a line drive to left later in the game. Watch HERE and HERE. Knapp made his debut at first base after starting the game as the DH.
Centerfielder Roman Quinn came on for Odubel Herrera. Herrera started the game and went two for two with two singles. Quinn hit the longest drive of the game just missing a home run to right. A slight wind was blowing out to left and held up his high long drive just enough for the right fielder to make a catch against the wall. The long drive seemed to fool an excited play-by-play announcer. Watch HERE.
All-in-all it was a beautiful day for baseball in Clearwater and this time a Phillies opening day win over the pesky Spartans from the University of Tampa.