Saturday, March 28, 2015

Recap: Yankees 10, Phillies 0

Michael Pineda hurled a nice five-inning shutout and the Yankees' offense scored in double-digits for just the third time this spring Friday as the Yanks blew out the Phillies, 10-0, in a rain-shortened contest in Clearwater.

Pineda's Complete Game: Pineda kept the Phillies scoreless through five frames in this one, surrendering just five hits while walking none and striking out five. Pineda was only the pitcher the Yankees used on the day after inclement weather ended things early in the top of the sixth -- having thrown 71 pitches for his second win of the preseason.

Bats Finally Come to Life: The Yankees broke a 0-0 tie with a seven spot in their half of the fifth, recording six hits and a walk off Jake Diekman in just a third of an inning. A run-scoring passed ball began the sudden onslaught for New York, followed later by RBI singles from Carlos Beltran and Mark Teixeira and a pair of two-run knocks by Stephen Drew and Chris Young.

A-Rod Out at Home: Alex Rodriguez solidly went 1-for-2 with a walk in this matinee, but perhaps the most memorable moment for him came on a potential sac fly in the second. Standing at third with one out, A-Rod tried to cross home on a high fly to right by Young -- but Phillies' outfielder Jeff Francoeur one-hopped a strike to the plate to retire the slugger easily. 

Papelbon Starting?: Due to the all-day threat of rain, the Phillies had Jonathan Papelbon pitch the first inning -- not putting Aaron Nola, their scheduled starter, in until the second. An unusual happening for sure, but one that probably gets a pass in March.

Insurance: Still up 7-0 in the sixth, the Yankees added to their lead even further with a bases-clearing, three-run double from Tyler Austin -- ultimately the last play of the afternoon. It wasn't a sharp hit by any means, but it did have enough momentum behind it to just chop past the third baseman.

Next Up: CC Sabathia was originally slated to start for the Yankees when they host the Orioles Saturday at 1:05 p.m. ET, but since the team doesn't want him facing an AL East foe this close to the regular season, Scott Baker will get the nod instead. It will be Baker's fourth appearance of the month, and can be seen live on both YES and MLB Network.

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Sorry for the Capatcha... Blame the Russians :)