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Yankees bats quiet in 4-1 loss to Phillies

Bombers manage just two hits, four total baserunners in loss
03/19/2013 4:34 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Ichiro Suzuki went 1-for-3 with an RBI double and is batting .382 in Spring Training.(AP)
Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick and three relievers turned in a pitching gem on Tuesday, leading Philadelphia past the Yankees, 4-1, in Clearwater, Fla.

Going in, the Yankees lineup was without Derek Jeter, who was scratched earlier in the day due to stiffness in his surgically repaired right ankle. Without the Captain, the Bombers were held hitless through three innings, and only had one baserunner in that span; that was catcher Chris Stewart, who reached and advanced to second on a throwing error by Kendrick in the third, but was later doubled off third base on Corban Joseph’s line drive back to Kendrick, ending the inning and the threat.

Joe Girardi’s squad would finally get on the board in the fourth, as Brett Gardner reached on a bunt single and advanced to second on Kendrick’s second throwing error of the day. Two batters later, Ichiro Suzuki doubled in Gardner to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead, but Kendrick struck out Kevin Youkilis and Travis Hafner in succession to strand Suzuki on second.

The Phillies then struck right back, as Dominic Brown led off the bottom of the fourth by hitting his sixth spring homer off Adam Warren to tie the game at 1-1. Philadelphia would add another later in the inning on a Steven Lerud double, and a walk to Jimmy Rollins with two outs would chase Warren – but Joba Chamberlain came in and struck out Michael Young to escape the inning and limit the damage.

From there, almost all of the offense was Philadelphia’s; after Ichiro’s double, the quartet of Kendrick, Mike Adams, Jonathan Papelbon, and Chad Durbin retired 15 Yankees in a row before Durbin walked Melky Mesa with one out in the ninth, but Durbin struck out Walter Ibarra and got Ben Francisco to fly out to end the game.

Meanwhile, Philly would tack on two runs off the Bombers’ bullpen, with Michael Young rapping an RBI single in the sixth off Shawn Kelley and Ryan Howard hitting a solo shot, his fifth of the spring, off Josh Spence in the seventh.

For the Yankees, Warren officially gave up two runs on seven hits over 3.2 innings, with Chamberlain coming on to face just the one batter. Boone Logan followed with his first appearance of the spring, allowing one hit and striking out two, before Kelley (0.2 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 BB, 1 K), Spence (1.1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 K), and David Aardsma (two strikeouts in a scoreless eighth) finished out the game.

The Yankees drop to 9-15 in Grapefruit League play with the loss, and will return home to Tampa on Wednesday to battle the Red Sox at 1 p.m. on YES. Lefty Vidal Nuno will be on the mound for the Yankees, with CC Sabathia throwing in a Minor League game across the street so that Girardi can keep him from facing a division rival.

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