Saturday, March 3, 2012

Qualls struggles in Phils' debut, Yanks win Grapefruit opener 8-5

PBR - Curtis Granderson and Brett Gardner collected two hits each to pace the Yankees to an 8-5 victory over the Phillies in Clearwater on Saturday in the Grapefruit League opener for both clubs.

Phillies Pitching: Cole Hamels threw 13 of his 14 pitches for strikes, surrendering three hits and a run while notching a strikeout. Dave Bush also tossed two quality innings, allowing one run while striking out two. Jonathan Papelbon hurled a scoreless inning in his Phillies debut. 

Chad Qualls surrendered three-runs on three-hits, including a two-run blast by Cole Garner. Michael Stutes gave up two runs on two hits in an inning of work.

Phillies Offense: Hunter Pence hit a two-run homer to the opposite field in the bottom of the first in what seemed to be the Phils' lone offensive highlight of the afternoon until Kevin Frandsen hit a two-run shot of his own in the ninth. John Mayberry Jr. finished the contest 0-for-3 and stranded four. Domonic Brown finished 0-for-2.

Good to See: Raul Ibanez was greeted with a nice applause as he was introduced for the first time as a Yankee ... he then proceeded to bloop an RBI-double down the left field line.

Let's Review: The Yankees committed three errors, yet the Phillies were unable to capitalize on any of them.

On Deck: The Phillies head to Tampa tomorrow to again face the Yankees at 1:05 with Roy Halladay scheduled to make the start ... Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira are all expected to be in the lineup for the Yanks after not making today's trip to Clearwater.

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