Though spring training consists entirely of exhibition games, Philadelphia Phillies manager, Pete Mackanin voiced his disappointment following yesterday’s 2-2 tie with the Baltimore Orioles.
The Phillies were a mere two outs away from earning a combined no-hitter against the Orioles on Thursday night.
Unfortunately, Chris Dickerson singled against Phillies’ reliever, Michael Mariot with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, ending the no-hit bid.
Following Dickerson’s hit, Mariot failed to hold the Phillies’ 2-0 lead, as he allowed a two-run homer to the next hitter, Sean Coyle, thus leading the game to end in a 2-2 tie.
After the game, Mackanin talked to the press, and he made it clear that he was not at all happy with the way his team performed in the ninth.
“It’s a shame to lose the no-hitter,” he said.
“A no-hitter is a no-hitter,” he said. “It would have been nice to win that game.”
Vince Velasquez, Jake Thompson and Colton Murray were on the mound before Mariot.
Ryan Hanigan hit an RBI single and Andrew Knapp hit a solo homer, which served as the only two runs for the Phillies.
Before hitting the homer, Knapp had been 1 for 22 in spring training, thus far.
After seeing many promising signs from the young team, both at the plate and on the mound, Thursday night’s performance was a clear indication that the team still has a long way to go.
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