Nathan Eovaldi has been pretty impressive all spring training long and he continued that trend today. Eovaldi threw four shutout innings allowing just two hits. As far as the offense goes, a seventh inning home run by Chase Headley gave the Yankees a lead that they would never relinquish as they beat the Phillies 3-2.
The Yankees got on the board quickly with a run in the bottom of the first. Jacoby Ellsbury led off the game for the Yankees with a triple. After Brett Gardner struck out and Mark Teixeira walked, Brian McCann flied out. The fly out was deep enough to allow Ellsbury to tag up and score, making it 1-0 Yankees.
Meanwhile on the mound, Eovaldi was good again. In addition to his four innings of two-hit ball, he struck out four and walked none. He would be replaced by Chase Whitley. Whitley was also pretty impressive, going two innings, allowing no hits while striking out two.
Whitley was replaced by David Carpenter, who didn't have quite the same success. He started the top of the seventh by walking Ben Revere. Revere manged to steal second and then went to third on wild pitch. After Carpenter got Cody Asche to pop out, Domonic Brown singled to score Revere and tie the game at one. Carpenter got the next two outs without further trouble, but the lead was gone.
It wouldn't take long for the Yankees to take their lead back, as Headey led off the bottom of the seventh with a home run, his first of the spring, to make it 2-1. Gregory Bird followed that up with a walk. He then moved to second when Garrett Jones flew out. After Didi Gregorius walked, Slade Heathcott singled to score Bird and make it 3-1.
After allowing a lead-off single to Yankee legend Chris Nelson to start the eighth, Carpenter was taken out and replaced by Justin Wilson. Wilson hit Cesar Hernandez and threw a wild pitch during the next at bat, allowing the runners to move to second and third. Wilson would strike out Cameron Rupp, but a Andres Blanco ground out would allow a run to score, making it 3-2. Wilson would get out of the inning with no further damage done.
After the Yankees couldn't add to their lead in the eighth, Wilking Rodriguez came in to try and finish off the game in the ninth. Rodriguez got three outs without much trouble, sealing a 3-2 win for the Yankees.
Tomorrow is a day off for the Yankees before they return on Tuesday to take on the Blue Jays at 7:05 eastern.