By Matt Rappa, Sports Talk Philly editor
Final: Yankees 4, Phillies 3 ❖ WP: Cody Carroll (1-0, 4.50 ERA) ❖ LP: Ranger Suarez (0-1, 13.50 ERA)
Despite a late, game-tying home run by second base prospect and non-roster invitee Scott Kingery, the Philadelphia Phillies (1-3) fell short against the New York Yankees (4-0) Monday evening at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
Kingery provided heroic efforts in the ninth, with his game-tying, opposite field home run with two outs and a full count. Similar to Kingery's last-effort blast, Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar went yard in the bottom half with a two-out, walk-off home run against Phillies RHP Ranger Suarez.
Phillies right-handers Ben Lively and non-roster invitee Tom Eshelman impressed in their spring debuts, allowing only one Yankees batter to reach base over the first four innings. Eshelman retired all six batters he opposed, including striking out first baseman Greg Bird and designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton. Lively and southpaw Hoby Milner also struck out Stanton in the first and sixth innings, as Phillies pitchers limited the Yankees slugger to an 0-3 showing.
The Phillies offense produced nine total hits, opposed to the Yankees' six. Kingery went 3-3 in the game overall, while center fielder Aaron Altherr walked twice. First baseman Carlos Santana (sacrifice fly RBI) and catcher Jorge Alfaro (bases loaded hit-by-pitch) drove in the Phillies' other two runs.