The Phillies start their 2015 spring training season with a 5-5 tie with the visiting Yankees.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phillies begin their grapefruit league season with a tie against the visiting Yanks, as they allow a victory to slip away from them as they give up four runs in the top of the ninth.

The Yanks took the lead in the top of the first as, with two men on, and with two men out, Jose Pirela hits an RBI single, knocking in Chris Young, who had earlier singled, then moved up to third base on Garrett Jones’ single to right on a ball that was deflected by first baseman Ryan Howard, giving the Bronx Bombers a 1-0 lead, while sending Jones, who had just singled, up to third base. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in the bottom of the fourth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Howard redeemed himself with an RBI single, knocking in Freddy Galvis, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Grady Sizemore’s single. The Phils then took the lead three batters later, after Dom Brown had loaded up the bases with a single, moving up a base both Sizemore and Howard, and with one man out, as Cody Asche hits a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Sizemore, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils then made it a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Cameron Rupp, who had started the inning off with a walk, moved up to second base on Ben Revere’s ground out, 3-unassisted, for the inning’s first out, them went to third base on Galvis’ ground out, 4-3, for the inning’s second out, scored on a balk by pitcher Diego Moreno, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the bottom of the seventh as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Cesar Hernandez, who had started the inning off with a single, then stole second base as Koyje Hill strikes out for the inning’s first out, scores on a throwing error by Yanks’ second baseman Rob Refsnyder on a grounder by Odubel Herrera, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead, while Herrera would move up to second base on the errant throw. The Phils then took a 5-1 lead two batters later as, now with two men out, Aaron Altherr hits an RBI single, knocking in Herrera. The Yanks would come back in the top of the ninth as, with a runner on third and with two men out, Jake Cave hits an RBI infield single, knocking in Mason Williams, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Cole Figueroa’s ground out, 6-3, making it a 5-2 Phils’ lead. The Yanks then tied the game up at five-all two batters later as, after Slade Heathcott hits a single, moving Cave up a base, with still two men out, Aaron Judge hits a three-run home run, his first home run of the spring, scoring both Cave and Heathcott. That would end up being the final score as the Phils ruined a two on, one out, opportunity in the bottom of the ninth.

David Buchanan pitched two innings for the Phils, giving up a run on five hits. Jerome Williams, Joely Rodriguez and Jeanmar Gomez followed with six scoreless innings between them, giving up three hits (Williams (1), Gomez (2)) and two walks (Rodriguez (1), Gomez (1)), while striking out three (one each). Mario Hollands pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up four runs on five hits, while striking out one. Luis Garcia pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only batter that he would face. Adam Warren pitched two scoreless innings for the Yanks, giving up a hit. Luis Severino pitched an inning and a third, giving up two runs on four hits, while striking out two batters. Diego Moreno pitched an inning and two-thirds, giving up a run on a walk and a balk, while striking out a batter. Nick Goody pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Jacob Lindgren pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two unearned runs on two hits, while striking out a batter. Branden Pinder pitched one and a third innings, striking out a batter. Chasen Shreve pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and hitting a batter, while striking out two.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, all singles, with Ryan Howard leading the team with two hits, knocking in a run. Freddy Galvis, Grady Sizemore, Aaron Altherr (RBI), Dom Brown, Cesar Hernandez and Cord Phelps had the other six hits, while Cody Asche had the other RBI via a sacrifice fly, while the other two Phils’ runs came in on a balk and an error. The Phils’ offense also had a walk (Cameron Rupp) and two stolen bases (Brown (1), Hernandez (1)) in the game. The Phils’ defense performed a double play.

The next Phils spring training game will be played tomorrow afternoon against the Yankees in Tampa Bay at George M. Steinbrenner Field. The game is to start at 1:05 pm EST. Kevin Slowey will be starting for the Phils while Nathan Eovaldi will start for the Yanks. The Phils will hopefully have a better result than the one they had this afternoon.

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