Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Recap: Yankees 5, Phillies 5

Everything you need to know after the Yankees tied the Phillies, 5-5, in their spring training opener Tuesday in Clearwater.

Judge, Jury, Executioner: That seems to be the new home run line for Yankees outfield prospect Aaron Judge, who evened things up in the top of the ninth with a towering three-run shot to left off the Phillies' Mario Hollands. The blast followed an RBI single by Jake Cave and another knock by Slade Heathcott, helping Judge get his chance.

Strong Offense Early: The Yankees recorded five singles in this game's first two innings, scoring once when one from Jose Pirela drove home Chris Young in the first. Pirela's clutch RBI followed another hit by Garrett Jones, who made his team debut in the clean-up spot. 

Not a Great Day for the Big Name Youngsters: Luis Severino and Jacob Lindgren were two of the more recognizable names who threw in this contest, but when they took the field, neither exactly impressed. Severino surrendered four hits and two runs in his 1 1/3 frames, and Lindgren allowed two more hits in his two-out performance in the seventh. It should be noted that Lindgren, like Severino, was also on the mound when a pair of Philadelphia runs crossed, but due to a throwing error by Rob Refsnyder, they both went down as unearned.

A Good Start for a Possible Starter: Yankees right-hander Adam Warren certainly didn't blow anyone away during his solid two-inning start in this one, but did pitch well enough to keep the Phillies off the board. He induced four groundouts and two flyouts, and was in line for the win when he left.

Next Up: The Yankees and Phillies will meet again tomorrow at George M. Steinbrenner Field -- with first pitch set to come at 1:05 pm ET. Nathan Eovaldi is set to pitch for the Yankees and Kevin Slowey for the Phillies -- a matchup likely to be overshadowed by Alex Rodriguez's return to New York's lineup.

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