Aaron Nola struggles as Yankees obliterate the Phillies 14-2
The Phillies took on the Yankees down in Florida today as we inch closer to Opening Day on April 8th. Before the game, they traded Adam Haseley to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for hard-throwing minor league pitcher McKinley Moore.
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Yesterday, the Phillies reassigned four players to minor league camp further trimming the roster down ahead of Opening Day on April 8th.
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Spring Training: Phillies @ Yankees
- Phillies lose 14-2
- Winning Pitcher Clarke Schmidt (1-0)
- Losing Pitcher Aaron Nola (0-1)
Aaron Nola began the game by showing off some nasty stuff like this curveball to strike out Josh Donaldson.
From there, things turned sour relatively quickly. Nola struggled with his location on fastballs most of the afternoon and gave up this home run to Marwin Gonzalez to put the Yankees up 3-0.
Nola pitching line: 4 IP, 5H, 4 ER, 1BB, 3 K
Garrett Stubbs lined this change-up from Clarke Schmidt down the right field line to score Nick Castellanos and put the Phillies up 1-0.
Most of the focus this spring has been on the positional battles occurring at third base and centerfield, but Stubbs is quietly opening up the competition at catcher. Stubbs can also man the corner outfield spots providing the positional versatility that Donny Sands lacks.
Darick Hall grounded into what could have been a double play but instead managed to score Matt Vierling and put the Phillies up 2-0
Aaron Barrett came in relief of Nola and served this two-run HR to Kyle Higashioka on his first pitch to extend the Yankees lead to 5-2.
Things only got worse as Max Burt hit a grand slam off Brian Marconi in the 8th inning to put the Yankees up 11-2. To be fair, Marconi inherited those three runners from Nick Duron.
Brian Marconi gave up his second home run of the 8th inning to Benjamin Cowles to put the Yankees up 14-2. Together, Duron and Marconi allowed 8 ER in the 8th inning. YIKES!!
Overall, it was an ugly day of baseball but what can you expect when future All-Star Mickey Moniak doesn’t play?
Up Next for the Phillies
The Phillies take on the Tigers in Clearwater on Wednesday at 1:05 p.m. NBC Sports Philly will carry the game. In other news, the NBA Deep State is acting up and Drew Smith has lost his mind on Twitter. Buy a t-shirt. Support the cause.
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