Bohm banged up, Moore roughed up, Alvarado shows wild side


Wild one in Clearwater on Thursday night.


Phillies pitchers walked 10 batters and gave up 11 hits. Reliever Enyel De Los Santos blew a six-run lead in the top of the ninth inning and the Phillies came back to beat the New York Yankees, 13-12, on an RBI single by prospect Johan Rojas in the bottom of the inning.

Of note ...


Third baseman Alec Bohm left the game in the top of the fourth inning due to tightness in his left groin. Manager Joe Girardi said the issue was not serious and he removed Bohm as a precaution.

"We noticed him stretching it," Girardi said. "Just a little tightness. He was not going to be in (Friday's) lineup anyway. If it were the regular season, he would have kept going. But it's spring training, there was no reason to keep going and we took him out."


Starter Matt Moore, who lines up to start the fourth game of the season, was not sharp. He gave up six hits and five runs in 3⅔ innings. He walked two and struck out six.

"He did a really good job of getting ahead, it was just putting them away," Girardi said.

Case in point: In the first inning, Moore got ahead of both DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Judge on 1-2 counts. LeMahieu worked a long count for a base hit and Judge unloaded on a 1-2 fastball (92.7 mph) and clubbed a 440-foot homer over everything in left field. It came off the bat at 110 mph.

The Phillies got two-run homers from Didi Gregorius and young catching prospect Logan O'Hoppe.


Lefty reliever Jose Alvarado has been one of the biggest stories in camp, throwing 100 mph fastballs and racking up six scoreless innings while allowing just three hits, a walk and striking out 10 in his first six outings.

Alvarado's bubble burst in this one. Though he hit 102 mph on the radar gun, he was able to record only two outs in the fifth inning. He walked three batters, threw three wild pitches and gave up a run. All three of the wild pitches went to the backstop. Alvarado appeared to have trouble gripping the ball on a humid night.

Girardi removed Alvarado at 26 pitches. He threw 14 balls and 12 strikes.

The Phils acquired Alvarado in an offseason trade with Tampa Bay and he has a chance to be the team's closer. Control has been an issue in the past for Alvarado.

"It seemed like he was overthrowing a bit," Girardi said. "He had a clunker. He's been so good. He got his stinker out of the way."

Hector Neris, Connor Brogdon and David Hale all pitched well out of the bullpen. 


Rojas is a 20-year-old outfielder from the Dominican Republic who has shown a pretty good bat in the very low minors over the last few years. He was invited to mini-camp and has gotten into a number of Grapefruit League games in the late innings. 

He had two singles, including the game-winner, and also stole second and third base.

Not a bad night for a kid who won't turn 21 until August. It will be interesting to see how Rojas performs at the Single A level this season.

Girardi is high on him.

"He's a plus, plus defender and a plus runner," Girardi said. "He has a chance to be a special player. I believe there's Gold Glove potential there. So offense becomes really important, maturing as an offensive player. He has bat speed. He has a ton of tools. He's very coachable and picks up on things quickly."


The center field job remains up in the air with Roman Quinn and Odubel Herrera as the frontrunners in a field that also includes Scott Kingery and Adam Haseley.

"We just haven't made a decision," Girardi said. "It's going to go down to the wire. That's all I can tell you. We've kind of waited for someone to take hold of it. It's going to go down to the wire. These guys have four more days to make an impression."

The Phils play the Blue Jays in Dunedin on Friday night.

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