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Yankees' bats silenced in loss to Phillies

Warren gets the start as New York uses nine pitchers in 6-0 loss to Philadelphia
03/25/2014 11:02 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Derek Jeter recorded one of the Yankees' nine hits on the evening.(AP)
"Johnny Wholestaff" didn't get it done for Joe Girardi on Tuesday night, as the Philadelphia Phillies got the best of nine New York Yankees pitchers en route to a 6-0 Philadelphia win at Steinbrenner Field.

Hours after Girardi announced that Michael Pineda would be the fifth starter in the regular-season rotation, the skipper sent the other three candidates Pineda beat out -- Adam Warren, David Phelps, and Vidal Nuno -- to the mound at the head of a nine-pack he referred to using the above nomenclature.

Warren got the start and pitched a scoreless first, escaping a jam of runners on the corners with two outs, but the other two weren't as lucky. Two Kelly Johnson errors led to an unearned run off Phelps in the second, and Nuno allowed back-to-back solo homers to Ryan Howard and Marlon Byrd with two outs in the third to make it 3-0 Phillies.

The Phillies tacked on two more in the sixth (thanks to back-to-back RBI singles by Domonic Brown and Byrd) and one more on a ninth-inning Tony Gwynn Jr. sac fly, but all that was simply extra insurance.

Meanwhile, the Yankees did have several good scoring opportunities, but six Phillies pitchers kept them at bay, bending but never breaking.

In the second, back-to-back two-out singles by Kelly Johnson and Brian Roberts led to the first rally, but Phillies starter Jeff Manship got Ichiro to ground out to end the inning. They also had two on with one out in both the third and fifth, but Manship escaped the former jam by striking out both Mark Teixeira and Brian McCann, and Mike Adams got Carlos Beltran on a foul popup before fanning Teixeira again to slither out of the latter.

One more try in the seventh failed, as a two-out Yangervis Solarte walk and a Dean Anna single were nullified when Brad Lincoln struck out Zelous Wheeler to end the inning. Barry Enright pitched around a leadoff single by Scott Sizemore in the ninth to finish out the game.

Offensively, the Yankees had nine hits. Brett Gardner led the way by going 3-for-3, the other six were recorded by Johnson, Roberts, Anna, Sizemore, Beltran and Derek Jeter. Solarte drew the only walk allowed by Phillies pitching.

On the mound, all nine Yankees pitchers tossed one inning, with Warren allowing two walks and striking out one in a scoreless first. Phelps gave up just one hit along with the unearned run, Nuno's two homers were his line blemishes, and they were followed by David Robertson (1 BB in a scoreless fourth), Matt Thornton (1 K in a perfect fifth), Shane Greene (2 ER, 3 H in the sixth), Shawn Kelley (1 H, 1 K in the seventh), David Herndon (2 BB in the eighth) and Matt Daley (1 ER, 2 H, 1 K in the ninth).

As for the Yankees' defense, they also had an up-and-down night. On the plus side, Roberts made a heads-up tag on a 4-4-3 double play in the fourth, Sizemore made a nice charging play on a chopper in the seventh, and left fielder Solarte made a nice sliding catch in the ninth before nearly throwing out a runner at the plate. However, the hot corner was charged with a trio of E-5's on the night -- Johnson's pair in the second and the third by Sizemore in the eighth -- and while Zoilo Almonte's trouble fielding a ball in the ninth inning wasn't ruled an error, it did help lead to the Phillies' final run.

With the loss, the Yankees drop to 15-11-2 in the Grapefruit League and 16-11-2 on the spring overall. It's a quick turnaround on Wednesday, as the Yankees head to Dunedin for an afternoon meeting with the Blue Jays. Game time is 1:05 p.m., and it will be another "Johnny Wholestaff" day for the Bombers, with Chris Leroux getting the start and nine other pitchers on the trip.

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