Giancarlo Stanton homers twice to lead New York Yankees over Philadelphia Phillies in Spring Training
Starter Jonathan Loaisiga pitched well overall, striking out seven and allowing just three hits over four innings, but two of those hits were big ones - namely, solo homers by Odubel Herrera in the first and Scott Kingery in the third that gave Philly an early 2-0 lead.
The Yankees struck back, though, thanks to their 2018 home run leader, as Giancarlo Stanton hit a mammoth solo shot to left in the bottom of the third to make it 2-1 and later followed up with a two-run blow in the fifth to give the Yankees a 3-2 edge.
Aaron Boone's squad made it 4-2 in the sixth on a DJ LeMahieu single, Gio Urshela double, and Seranthony Dominguez wild pitch, and in the seventh, the Yankees got two more on a Zack Zehner walk, Trey Amburgey double, Luke Voit sac fly, and another wild pitch by Trevor Bettencourt.
The Phillies rallied off David Hale in the eighth, loading the bases ahead of a two-out walk drawn by Nick Williams that made it 6-3, but Hale rebounded to strike out Gift Ngoepe to end the threat, and in the ninth, Hale sent the Phillies down in order to close it out.
Overall at the plate, Stanton (2-for-3, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R) and LeMahieu (2-for-3, run) had multi-hit nights among the Yankees' six hits. Urshela and Amburgey each doubled, Aaron Judge was 0-1 with two walks and a run scored, and it was Judge, Zehner, Brett Gardner, Troy Tulowitzki and Kyle Holder who drew the six walks allowed by Phillies pitching.
Gary Sanchez was 0-for-3, but he did show off his defensive chops by throwing out two runners attempting to steal during the game.
On the mound after Loaisiga, Zack Britton allowed just one walk in 1 2/3 scoreless innings, Stephen Tarpley allowed a hit and struck out one in his third of an inning, and Adam Ottavino allowed a hit and notched a strikeout in the seventh. Hale finished it out, and he was charged with one run on two hits and two walks, with four strikeouts, in his two frames.
With the win, the Yankees improve to an MLB-best 16-8-4 on the spring, and they now have just three more exhibition games left. A Blue Jays split-squad will visit Steinbrenner Field for a 1:05 start on Saturday that ends the home slate, and Sunday will see a 1:05 p.m. start against the Twins in Fort Myers that will finish the Grapefruit League schedule proper. Monday then brings a trip north to the nation's capital, where the Yankees will end their pre-season with a 5:05 p.m. start against the Nationals.