Spring Training: Phils explode in the sixth to win their first spring training game, defeating the Yanks, 9-3.

Scoring eight runs in the sixth and seventh innings lead the Phils to their first grapefruit league win as they defeat the Yankees, 9-3.

The Phils broke up a 0-0 tie in the third as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI single, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier walked, then stole first second base, and then third, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Yanks tied the game up at one-all in the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Jayson Nix hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Russell Martin, who had earlier walked, then stole second base, then moved up to third on Bill Hall’s fly out to center. The Yanks then took the lead in the sixth as, with nobody out, Brett Gardner hits a triple to left, before scoring on second baseman Kevin Frandsen’s throwing error when he tried to throw him out going to third, giving the Yankees a 2-1 lead. The Phils would tie the game up at 2-all in their half of the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via walks to Hunter Pence, Ty Wigginton and Dom Brown, and with one man out, Erik Kratz hits an RBI single, knocking in Pence, while sending Wigginton on to third base, and Brown up to second base, leaving the bases loaded. The Phils then took the lead as Frandsen is hit by the pitch, forcing in Wigginton, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead, while moving both Brown and Kratz up a base, keeping the bases loaded. The Phils then made it a 4-2 lead as Freddy Galvis hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Brown. Two batters later, after Tyson Gillies took a walk, reloading the bases as Kratz and Frandsen both moved up a base, Hector Luna gave the Phils a 7-2 lead with a three-run double, knocking in Kratz, Frandsen and Gillies. The Yanks got a run back in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Eric Chavez, who was then pinch run by Brandon Laird, Gustavo Molina, with Laird stopping at second base, and J. Nix, moving both runners up a base, and with two men out, Zoilo Almonte hits an RBI single, scoring Laird, while sending Molina up to third, and J. Nix on to second base, making it a 7-3 Phils’ lead. The Phils then made it a 9-3 lead in their half of the seventh as, with one man on, and with one man out, Michael Martinez hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the spring, scoring John Mayberry Jr., who had just singled. That would be the final score as David Herndon ended the game by striking out Corban Joseph, swinging, for the final out.

Joe Blanton received a no-decision as he pitched two strong scoreless innings, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter. Scott Elarton pitched two 1-2-3 innings, striking out a batter. Austin Hyatt (1-0, 9.00) got the win as he pitched two innings, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Brian Sanches pitched an inning, giving up a run on four hits, while striking out two. David Herndon pitched two scoreless innings, giving up three hits, while striking out a batter. Michael Pineda also received a no-decision as he pitched two shutout innings, giving up a hit, while striking out two. David Robertson pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk. Ceasr Cabral and Dan Burawa combined for two scoreless innings, giving up three hits (Cabral (1), Burawa (2)) between them. Adam Miller (0-1, 135.00) blew his first save attempt of the spring, before taking the lost, as he lasted just a third of an inning, giving up five runs on two hits, three walks and a hit batter. Juan Cedeno pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Ryan Pope pitched one and two-thirds scoreless innings, striking out two batters.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Singles, 2 Stolen Bases), Placido Polanco (Singles, RBI) and Jim Thome (Single, Double) all leading the team with two hits each. Hector Luna (Double, 3 RBIs), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single), Michael Martinez (Home Run, 2 RBIs), and Erik Kratz (Single, RBI), had the other four Phils hits. Freddy Galvis (Sacrifice Fly) and Tyson Gillies (Hit by the Pitch) had the other two Phils RBIs. The Phils also had five walks in the game.

The Phils (1-2) next spring training game with be an afternoon game tomorrow with the Blue Jay (2-1) in Dunedin, Florida. The game will start at 1:05 pm EDT.

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