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PHILLIES 3, YANKEES 0
TAMPA – Jamie Moyer thoroughly shut down the Yankees on one hit over 6 2/3 innings as the Philadelphia Phillies blanked the New York Yankees 3-0 on Friday night at George M. Steinbrenner Field. It was the second consecutive game in which the Yankees were shut out.
Shane Victorino singled in the fourth and blasted a two-run double in the eighth inning to lead the offense. Moyer (1-0), trying to become the Phillies No. 5 starter at age 46, struck out six batters and walked none. Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless ninth to earn a save. Phil Hughes (0-3), the Yankees’ newly announced No. 5 starter, took the loss.
The Yankees’ spring record dropped to 9-13. The Phillies are now 12-8 in Grapefruit League play.
- Phil Hughes actually did not pitch poorly at all. He gave up two hits in 3-plus innings. However, the Phillies drew four walks and Hughes’ pitch count stood at 68 when started the fourth inning. He walked Raul Ibanez to begin the fourth and Ibanez scored on a throwing error after Hughes had been removed from the game.
- The Yankees’ only hit off Moyer was a one-out single in the first inning by Marcus Thames, who entered the game batting .094.
- Mariano Rivera pitched a perfect sixth inning with one strikeout. He retired the side using only 13 pitches.
- Damaso Marte followed Rivera with a perfect seventh inning. He struck out one batter and he needed only 10 pitches to retire the Phillies.
- Amaury Sanit pitched a perfect ninth inning and he also struck one batter. He has an 0.00 ERA this spring.
- Jon Weber did it again. In the ninth inning he singled of Madson to raise his batting average this spring to .565.
- In their last two games the Yankees have managed just nine hits. They have not scored a run in their last 20 innings. It wasn’t the bench players either. The Yankees played six starters against the Orioles on Wednesday and seven against the Phillies.
- Hughes did not have very good command and the Phillies made him pay by laying off pitches out of the strike zone.
- Yankees starters Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez, Robinson Cano, Nick Swisher, Curtis Granderson and Brett Gardner were a combined 0-for-16 off the veteran left-hander Moyer.
- Francisco Cervelli, the defensive wizard with the rocket right arm, threw a ball into center field in trying to cut down Victorino stealing second base in the fourth inning. Ibanez scored from third on the errant throw and the Phillies took a lead they never gave up. Later in the inning, Cervelli nailed Jimmy Rollins trying to steal second.
- Lefty Royce Ring, vying for a spot in the bullpen, struggled for the first time this spring. He gave up two hits and two runs in the eighth inning. However, an error by Weber at first base did not help his cause and the two runs were unearned, keeping Ring’s spring ERA at 0.00.