Thursday, March 19, 2015

Recap: Phillies 7, Yankees 3

Esmil Rogers surrendered three earned runs in 3 1/3 innings and Chase Headley hit another home run Thursday night as the Yankees fell to the Phillies, 7-3, in a back-and-forth exhibition at Steinbrenner Field.

Rogers' Rough Start: Rogers gave up three runs on five hits and a walk in his 10 outs of work -- striking out three while throwing 66 pitches. He gave up a solo homer to Cody Asche in the Phillies' half of the second, a no-doubter to right that barely garnered a response from the Yankees' defense.

Headley Stays Hot: Headley connected on a long solo shot off the Phillies' Aaron Harang in the bottom of the second, his second four-bagger already this week. It was also Headley's second RBI in as many days -- the other coming on a single in Lake Buena Vista Wednesday.

Drew Extends Hitting Streak: At the dish with a runner on first and two outs in the third, Stephen Drew ripped a line-drive double to the right-field corner -- easily plating Slade Heathcott to pull the Yankees to within one. The knock extended Drew's current hitting streak to three, and raised his batting average on the month to an improving .192.

Beltran Evens the Score: With the Yankees down 3-2 with two men on in the sixth, Carlos Beltran came up clutch with a game-tying single to center -- his only hit in three at-bats on the evening. Sliding home from second on the play was infielder Nick Noonan, who had pinch-run for Didi Gregorius earlier in the frame.

Late Pitching Struggles: This contest remained locked at three-a-piece until Darin Ruf drove a Nick Goody offering over the right-center wall in the eighth -- a blast that would open the floodgates for Philadelphia's offense going into the ninth. Indeed, in this one's final inning, the Phillies circled the bases three more times against the Yanks' Chasen Shreve -- though only two of their runs were earned due to a Jose Pirela fielding error. 

Next Up: The Yankees will send Adam Warren to the mound when they visit the Tigers Friday afternoon in Lakeland -- a meeting set to begin at 1:05 p.m. ET. Warren is expected to pitch around four innings for New York opposite Detroit's Alfredo Simon -- a veteran right-hander who faced the Yankees last year with the Reds.

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