The Phils lost their second spring training game, losing once more to the Yanks, 7.4.
The Phils started the game off by taking the lead in the first inning as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Hunter Pence hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the spring, scoring Scott Podsednik, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Yankees got a run back in their half of the first as, with two men out, Alex Rodriguez hits a solo home run, his first home run of the spring, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead. The Yanks then tied the game up at two-all in the third as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Robinson Cano and Rodriguez, with Cano stopping at second base, a 6-5 force out by Mark Teixeira, wiping out Cano at third, because the ball that had originally headed towards left field had been blown back by the wind to drop in front of shortstop Freddy Galvis, with Rodriguez stopping at second base on the play and Texieira reaching first, and Andruw Jones being hit by a pitch, moving both Rodriguez and Texieira up a base, and with two men out, Francisco Cervelli walked, forcing in Rodriguez, while sending Texieira up to third base, and moving Jones on to second base. The Yankees took the lead in the fourth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Justin Maxwell, who had earlier reached first base on a fielding error by third baseman Ty Wigginton, then went up to second base on a 4-3 ground out by Derek Jeter, scored on a fielding error by Michael Martinez on a Cano grounder, giving the Yanks a 3-2 lead. The Yanks then made it a 4-2 lead as Rodriguez hits an RBI double, knocking in Cano. The Phils cut the lead down to 4-3 in the sixth as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Galvis hits an RBI double, knocking in Martinez, who had just doubled. The Yanks got the run back in the seventh as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Jose Gil hits an RBI double, knocking in Corban Joseph, who had reached base on a Dom Brown fielding error, stopping at second base, making it a 5-3 Yanks’ lead. Two batters later, with a runner on third, as Gil had moved on to third base on a Phillippe Aumont wild pitch, and with one man out, the Yanks made it a 6-3 lead as JR Murphy hits an RBI single, knocking in Gil. Two batters later, after Zoilo Almote had sent Murphy to third with a single, and with two men out, the Yanks made it a 7-3 lead as pinch hitter Jayson Nix hits an RBI single, scoring Murphy, while sending Almonte on to third. The Phils got a run back in the eighth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Hector Luna hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, knocking in Lou Martinez, who had earlier hit a ground-rule double, then went to third on Dom Brown’s ground out, 3-1, making it a 7-4 Yanks’ lead. That would be the final score as Chase Whitley ended the game by striking out Pete Orr, swinging.
Roy Halladay got a no-decision as he pitched two innings, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out three. Joel Pineiro (0-1, 4.50) took the lost as he went two innings, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk. David Purcey and Antonio Bastardo combined for two scoreless innings, walking a batter (Purcey) between them. Phillippe Aumont pitched an inning, giving up three runs, only one of which was earned, on four hits, while striking out two. Joe Savery pitched a scoreless inning, walking two batters, while striking out two. Freddy Garcia also received a no-decision as he went two innings, giving up two runs on four hits, while striking out two. D.J. Mitchell (1-0, 0.00) got the win as he pitched two scoreless innings, giving up two hits and a walk. Boone Logan recorded his first hold of the spring as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while he struck out two. Cory Wade received his first hold of the spring as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, striking out a batter. Clay Rapada recorded his first hold of the spring as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Kevin Whelan pitched an inning, giving up a run on one hit, while striking out a batter. Chase Whitley recorded his first save of the spring as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter.
The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Dom Brown (Single, Triple) and Freddy Galvis (Single, Double, RBI) leading the team with two hits each. Tyson Gillies (Single), Hunter Pence (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Scott Podsednik (Single), John Mayberry Jr. (Double), Michael Martinez (Double), Tuffy Gosewisch (Single), Juan Pierre (Single) and Lou Montanez (Double), had the other ten Phils’ hits, while Hector Luna knocked in the other Phils’ run with an infield ground out.
The Phils (0-2) next grapefruit league game will be against the Yankees tomorrow afternoon at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla. The game will start at 1:05 pm EST.
After having to come from behind to win their first spring training game over Florida State, 13-6, in seven and a half innings, the Phils, after taking the lead in the seventh via an RBI double by non-roster invitee Oscar Chavez, scoring Juan Castro from second base, lost the lead in the top of the ninth as reliever and eventual game winner Sergio Escalona gave up RBI singles to David Winfree and Jose Gil. The Phils would win the game in the bottom of the ninth as non-roster invitee Paul Hoover hit an RBI double to left, tying the score as Quintin Berry just beat in the throw to the plate, allowing Hoover to move up to third base with one man out. Two batters later, with pinch runner Dwayne Wise on third, and with two men out, Wilson Valdez hits an RBI single which ricocheted off of Yankees’ relief pitcher Wilkins Arias, scoring Wise with the winning run, giving the Phils a 3-2 win, and a 1-0 record in Grapefruit League play.
Phils’ starter Roy Halladay, in his first game since the trade that brought him to the National League Champs, was in excellent form, striking out three batters in two scoreless innings, just missing a perfect outing as Placido Polanco commited a throwing error on a grounder to third base in the first, as he threw 21 of his 24 pitches for strikes. Kyle Kendrick, who is competing for the number five starter job with Jamie Moyer, followed Halladay with two scoreless innings of his own, giving up a hit, as he struck out one. The next two pitchers for the Phils, Jose Contreras and Andrew Carpenter followed by both pitching two scoreless frames apiece, with Contreras giving up two hits and Carpenter one, as they, between them, struck out five Yanks (Contreras (3), Carpenter (2)). The Phils’ winning pitcher, Escalona, had a bad ninth inning, blowing the save, his first in Grapefruit League play, as he gave up two runs on four hits, while striking out a batter, in one inning of work. Escalona’s record is now 1-0 with a high ERA of 18.00.
Besides the RBI hits by Chavez, Hoover and Valdez, the Phils had a total of eight hits in the game, with returning Phil, Polanco getting a hit in the first, a single, while John Mayberry, Jr., and Castro both got a basehit, while Brian Bocock had two. Chavez and Hoover had the Phils only extra-base hits, both doubles.
The Phils next Grapefruit League game will be a road game against the Toronto Blue Jays that will start at 1:05 pm.