Phillies win Grapefruit League opener over Rays

Phillies beat Rays in Grapefruit opener
Scott Kingery tripled in the first on a misplayed fly ball and scored on an error to put the Phillies on the board in the opening frame. Maikel Franco chipped in with a solo shot in the fifth and finished with a pair of RBIs.

Cole Irvin faced 11 batters, surrendering one run on three hits over 2 1/3 innings. He struck out three. Austin Davis picked up a pair of strikeouts in an inning of work.

The Phillies beat the Rays in the Grapefruit opener for both clubs, 3-2. 

Good Line of the Day
With all the Manny Machado talk, Maikel Franco's future in Philadelphia was in question and it still may be, but he pieced together a solid performance at the plate in the Phils opener, finishing 1-for-2 with a homer and a bases-loaded walk that forced in a run.

Bad Line of the Day
Andrew Knapp finished 0-for-2 on the afternoon and left four runners on base. He'll open the season as a J.T. Realmuto's backup behind the plate.

Did You Notice
With a runner on second base in the eighth, Phillies' second baseman Phil Gosselin made a spectacular diving play to his right with a strong throw to first to nail Jason Coats. The play likely saved a what would be tying run from crossing the plate as Emilio Bonifacio was able to only advance to third base.

What's Next
The Phillies are back in action on Saturday afternoon, opening the home portion of Grapefruit League play with a contest against the Pirates. Right-hander Enyel De Los Santos is expected to start for the Phils.
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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