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After dominant outing, Arrieta 'ready to go'

March 25, 2019

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Jake Arrieta pitched a nifty six innings on Monday in the Philadelphia Phillies’ final Spring Training game, and then he proclaimed himself ready to go for Saturday's Game 2 of the season-opening series against the Atlanta Braves. Arrieta struck out eight and allowed just two runs on

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Jake Arrieta pitched a nifty six innings on Monday in the Philadelphia Phillies’ final Spring Training game, and then he proclaimed himself ready to go for Saturday's Game 2 of the season-opening series against the Atlanta Braves.

Arrieta struck out eight and allowed just two runs on six hits against the Rays. The only blemish was a two-run homer by Tampa Bay’s Kevin Kiermaier.

“I put it right on his bat,” Arrieta said. “A 3-2 cutter.”

Arrieta said he’s set to get to work for real now with the regular season just three days away.

“I am a little fatigued,” he said after stretching out to six innings. “And that’s good. I am ready to go.”

The Phillies right-hander felt he was firing on all cylinders and had good stuff on Monday in Philadelphia’s 3-2 walk-off victory.

“The ball was going downhill, the fastball was sinking,” Arrieta said. “I was trying to get them to hit the ball on the left side.”

A great example of that came in the fourth inning when Tampa Bay's first two hitters reached base. Arrieta then coaxed Joey Wendle to slap a grounder to Jean Segura, who made a twisting throw to start a double play. The right-hander got out of the inning by striking out Kiermaier.

Manager Gabe Kapler liked what he saw in Arrieta’s final performance of the spring.

“Lots of empty swings. That was the most encouraging thing about the day. Twenty swings and misses,” Kapler said. “Super encouraging. I think he made one mistake, the cutter to Kiermaier. Outside of that, I thought he was really good.

“Strong in his legs. Delivery was easy. Arm slot was perfect. I thought everything looked really good.”

Philadelphia’s first two runs of Monday’s game came on a home run by third baseman Maikel Franco, who bats eighth, proving how deep this Phils lineup is.

“There’s no break in our lineup,” Arrieta said. “I’m looking at the seven guys behind me and one in front of me … it makes me want to put the ball in play. J.T. [Realmuto] is great to throw to.”

Arrieta had good things to say about Bryce Harper, as well.

“He’s caught up really quick," Arrieta said. "It’s great to see him play every day. He’s one of the brightest stars in the game. He will put up some numbers here."