CLEARWATER, Fla. - The Yankees batted for 33 minutes Thursday afternoon in the top of the first inning at Spectrum Field. They scored nine runs against the Phillies. There were seven hits, three walks, two errors. Thirteen Yankees came to the plate.
After a 14-1 Phillies loss, one takeaway stands above the rest: There is just one day remaining in this spring training.
Jerad Eickhoff could not complete an inning in his Grapefruit League finale. He allowed six runs in two-thirds of an inning. Temple product Matt Hockenberry relieved Eickhoff and surrendered a long three-run homer to New York catcher Gary Sanchez that struck the tiki bar roof.
So it was a lost day, but a chance for some minor-league arms to pitch in the stadium. Jesen Therrien, who could begin the season in double-A Reading's bullpen, tossed 2 1/3 perfect innings with three strikeouts.