CLEARWATER, Fla. — Maikel Franco homered and Aaron Nola pitched two innings Sunday as the Phillies opened the first of four games this spring against the New York Yankees with an 8-3 loss.
Here's a look at the game:
Aaron Nola: 2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 31 pitches, 23 strikes
It was Nola's first start of spring and he focused his short outing on making sure his mechanics were in tune. His day would have been scoreless had Maikel Franco not lost an infield pop-up in the sun. Nola struck out the next batter before Danny Espinosa hit a three-run double when Nola hung a change-up.
"My biggest goal always is to stay healthy," Nola said. "Besides my back injury last year, I stayed healthy for the most part. It was good to finish the season on a good note. I want to pitch through the whole season this year and not miss a start. That's my biggest goal."