The New York Yankees defeated the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday afternoon. The game took place at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Florida and the final score was 7-3. Masahiro Tanaka started for the Yankees and pitched well. Greg Bird led the offense with a couple of hits and five RBI.
Tanaka pitched 5 1/3 innings giving up three hits and no runs. He walked one and struck out three and picked up his third win of the spring. Jonathan Holder pitched to two batters and retired them both, Ernesto Frieri pitched an inning and struck out the side and Matt Marsh pitched an inning giving up a hit and two runs with a walk. Joe Mantiply pitched an inning giving up two hits and a run with a strikeout.
Dustin Fowler had a hit, Gary Sanchez had a hit and drew a walk and Bird had two hits and five RBI. Starlin Castro had a hit and drew a walk, Chris Carter drew a walk and Chase Headley had a hit and an RBI. Ruben Tejada had a hit and an RBI, Billy McKinney had a hit and Sanchez, McKinney and Tejada each hit a double. Bird hit two homeruns and Headley hit a homerun. The Yankees were 2-5 with runners in scoring position and left four men on base.
In the fourth Bird hit a two-run homerun to give the Yankees a 2-0 lead. In the sixth Bird hit a three-run homerun to extend the lead to 5-0. In the sixth Headley hit a solo homerun and the lead was pushed to 6-0. Tejada hit an RBI double in the eighth and it was a 7-0 game. In the bottom of the eighth Tyler Goeddel hit a sac fly and Daniel Nava hit an RBI ground out to cut the lead to 7-2. In the ninth Pedro Florimon hit a sac fly to make it a 7-3 game and that would be the final score.