Phillies baseball on our televisions vs. another MLB team, it was truly a beautiful sight, folks. It was certainly weird with no fans and artificial crowd noise being pumped into the stadium, but it was absolutely going to be a joy to watch regardless of the outcome. Well, outside of those few minutes where there was a sound malfunction and our eardrums were being pierced.
Zack Wheeler took the bump for the Phils and the number two starter had an interesting start. His stuff looked good but the command wasn’t there at all times, as his pitch count rose above 60 by the end of the third inning. He gave up a leadoff home run in the second inning to Orioles’ catcher Pedro Severino on a fastball up and away.
With that said, Wheeler also was inducing a good bit of weak contact and picking up some strikeouts along the way. He ended the day pitching 4 1⁄3 innings allowing two runs on four hits while walking one and striking out four. It wasn’t the smoothest of starts for Wheeler, but the stuff is there.
As for the Phillies offense, it took until the seventh inning for there to really be some life. After their first four hits were singles, Mikie Mahtook doubled off the right field scoreboard and then came around to score on an Andrew McCutchen single to cut the Orioles lead to 2-1.
Baltimore would get that run back the very next inning though with a Cedric Mullins home run, and add another in the ninth off a Pat Valaika solo shot.
And that would be that. Orioles beat the Phillies 4-1 handing them their sixth loss of Spring Training/Summer Camp. They play their final exhibition game of the season tomorrow vs. the Yankees in New York.
Okay so they decided to play the top of the 10th inning too and the Orioles another home run just to be rude.