Friday, March 6, 2015

Recap: Yankees 4, Phillies 1

Didi Gregorius collected his first hit of the month and Bryan Mitchell threw two shutout innings as the Yankees beat the Phillies, 4-1, in their first split-squad matchup Friday in Clearwater.

Gregorius Drives in a Run: After making a pair of nice defensive plays early on, Gregorius drove a Mike Nesseth offering down the right-field line in the Yankees' half of the fourth -- bringing home Aaron Judge to give New York a 3-0 lead. The knock followed another RBI double by Greg Bird and an RBI single by Ramon Flores in the frame -- the only one in which either club scored multiple times.

Mitchell Matches Hamels: The Yankees managed just one baserunner in their first two at-bats against the Phillies' Cole Hamels in this one, but thanks to the endeavors of the youngster Mitchell, they were still able to keep things even. In two innings of work, Mitchell nicely surrendered just one hit -- facing the minimum while striking out two.

Starters Stats: The Yankees' starting infielders all played in this contest, and -- along with Gregorius -- three of them got hits. Stephen Drew singled off Hamels in the first and Mark Texeira off Nesseth in the fourth, with Chase Headley going 0-for-2. 

Kevin Long's Son Earns a W: Kevin Long might not be the Yankees' hitting coach anymore, but his son still pitches in their organization. Wearing #97 on his back, righty Jaron Long tossed a 1-2-3 third inning in this one, and was rewarded with the win for doing so.

Noonan Stays Hot: Yankees spring training invite Nick Noonan has swung the bat well over the first week of camp -- a trend that only continued in this victory. Noonan went 1-for-2 with an RBI double in this preseason matinee, lifting a Ken Giles changeup to right with a man on in the sixth.

Next Up: The other half of the Yankees will host the Pirates Friday night at 7:05 p.m. ET -- the Yanks' second home game of the week. Chris Capuano will start for the Yankees in it and Jeff Locke for the Pirates -- a head-to-head set to be broadcast on's Gameday Audio. 

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