Spring training roundup: Jackson Holliday helps O’s trip up Rays

By Thomson Reuters Mar 19, 2024 | 10:22 PM

Jackson Holliday, the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2022, went 2-for-3 with a solo home run to help the Baltimore Orioles outslug the host Toronto Blue Jays 13-8 on Tuesday in Dunedin, Fla.

Holliday is Baltimore’s top prospect and is expected to join the big-league club this season at 20 years old. He has put together a strong spring, hitting .326 with two homers and six RBIs in 14 games.

Tyler Nevin also went deep for the Orioles as part of a 3-for-4 day, while Heston Kjerstad also tallied three hits. Alex Pham (1-0) struck out four across 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.

George Springer and Daulton Varsho each drove two runs for Toronto, which led by two four times but could never keep Baltimore in check. Blue Jays starter Chris Bassitt came away with a no-decision despite allowing four runs and seven hits in 3 1/3 innings.

Red Sox 5, Rays 2

Triston Casas paired a solo shot with a two-run single to propel Boston to a victory over visiting Tampa Bay in Fort Myers, Fla.

After Kutter Crawford gave up two runs in 5 2/3 innings, Josh Winckowski (1-1) kept the Rays off the board for 2 1/3 frames before Joely Rodriguez worked around a walk in the ninth for the save.

Tampa Bay struck for both of its runs in the first but was held to just three hits the rest of the way.

Cardinals (ss) 11, Marlins (ss) 10

Host St. Louis rode a seven-run second inning to a win over Miami in a matchup of split squads at Jupiter, Fla.

Doubles fueled the Cardinals’ big inning, with Matt Koperniak’s driving in two and Willson Contreras’ bringing home three. The Marlins kept things close by getting to right-hander Kyle Gibson, who was tagged for eight runs (five earned) on nine hits in five innings.

Miami’s Jazz Chisholm Jr. clubbed two homers and finished with five RBIs.

Phillies 0, Tigers 0

Both starters logged five strong innings in a scoreless tie between Philadelphia and host Detroit in Lakeland, Fla.

The Phillies’ Ranger Suarez held the Tigers to one hit, fanning four without issuing a walk. Tigers starter Jack Flaherty didn’t walk anyone either, striking out seven while scattering four hits.

Parker Meadows recorded all three of Detroit’s hits.

Marlins (ss) 3, Astros 3

A Miami split squad and host Houston went blow-for-blow to play to a tie in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Both teams scored all of their runs in the same innings — the Marlins struck for two in the top of the first before the Astros answered with two in the bottom of the frame, then both squads each added a run in the sixth.

Jon Singleton’s RBI double allowed Houston to draw even in the sixth. Each pitching staff racked up 10 strikeouts, with A.J. Puk accounting for eight of Miami’s.

Mets 3, Cardinals (ss) 1

Three relievers combined for four innings of one-hit ball to back a strong start from Sean Manaea in host New York’s victory over a St. Louis split squad in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Manaea (2-1) went five innings, permitting one run and four hits. He logged one walk with six strikeouts before Jorge Lopez, Jake Diekman and Yohan Ramirez took care of the rest.

Cesar Prieto provided the Cardinals’ only run with an RBI single in the second. Brett Baty knotted things at 1 with a solo shot in the home half of the frame.

Athletics 7, Rangers 7

Aggressive baserunning from Jose Barrero in the bottom of the ninth allowed visiting Oakland to salvage a tie with Texas in Surprise, Ariz.

Barrero stole third with one out, taking home on catcher Carlos Perez’s throwing error. Sebastian Walcott advanced to second on the play, but he was then thrown out at the dish after Justin Foscue singled to left, leading to the draw.

The Rangers put together a four-run eighth to tie things at 6, a deadlock that was broken in the top of the ninth when the Athletics’ Abraham Toro scored on a balk.

Brewers 8, Guardians (ss) 5

Milwaukee overcame a three-run deficit thanks to a power surge, knocking off host Cleveland’s split squad in Goodyear, Ariz.

Andres Gimenez had an RBI single and a sacrifice fly to help the Guardians grab a 3-0 lead, but two-run blasts from Sal Frelick and Willy Adames and a solo home run from Eric Haase allowed the Brewers to go up 6-5.

Reliver Eli Morgan (1-1) surrendered three runs in just two-thirds of an inning for Cleveland.

Angels 10, Reds 6

Zach Neto went 3-for-3 with a two-run homer and Los Angeles downed visiting Cincinnati in Tempe, Ariz.

The Angels racked up 12 hits, but none came from star Mike Trout, who went 0-for-4 with a strikeout. Aaron Hicks also had a two-run shot for Los Angeles.

Reds starter Hunter Greene (1-2) yielded seven runs, seven hits and two walks in 4 1/3 innings. He fanned six. Bubba Thompson headlined Cincinnati’s five-run sixth with a two-run homer.

Guardians (ss) 8, Rockies (ss) 8

Chase DeLauter cranked a three-run home run in the top of the ninth, lifting Cleveland’s split squad to a tie with host Colorado’s split squad in Scottsdale, Ariz.

DeLauter’s long ball capped a feverish comeback that saw the Guardians score three runs in the seventh, two in the eighth and another three in the ninth. DeLauter went 3-for-4 with three runs.

Charlie Blackmon finished with three hits, including a homer, for the Rockies. He also had three RBIs and two runs. Colorado starter Dakota Hudson fired 4 2/3 scoreless innings, scattering three hits, walking one and striking out six.

Mariners 12, Rockies (ss) 3

Dylan Moore led an 18-hit attack with three while driving in four runs as Seattle clobbered visiting Colorado’s split squad in Peoria, Ariz.

Jorge Polanco was one of five Mariners to chip in with two hits, and he added two RBIs. Seattle starter Casey Lawrence (2-1) got plenty of run support across his three innings to lock down the victory. He gave up two runs on five hits and fanned four without a walk.

Rockies starter Austin Gomber (0-2) saw his ERA balloon to 15.26 after getting lit up for eight runs and 10 hits in 2 1/3 innings.

Source: Field Level Media