Johnny Wholestaff, as Joe Girardi likes to call it, was on the mound for the Yankees Tuesday night, as nine different pitchers would combine to give up six runs over nine innings in the Yankees' 6-0 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa.
The Yankees were able to put eight hits on the board, but it wasn't enough to get them a run across the plate, leading them to their second consecutive spring loss.
Adam Warren made the start for the Yankees after Joe Girardi announced that Michael Pineda winning the fifth starter job had him and David Phelps moving to the bullpen to begin the season. Warren walked a pair and gave up a hit in a scoreless 1st innings.
He was followed by Phelps, who gave up a run on a RBI single by former-Yankee Bobby Abreu to put the Phillies up 1-0. Vidal Nuno, who Girardi said could also start the season in the big league bullpen, didn't help his case by giving up back-to-back solo homeruns to Ryan Howard and Marlon Byrd to make it a 3-0 game.
The Phillies added two more runs in the 6th inning off of Shane Greene, who had been having a very solid spring coming into the game. Greene gave up three straight one-out hits; first a double to Byrd, then singles from Dominic Brown and Carlos Ruiz to bring home two runs, extending the Phillies' lead to five.
Philly scores more more run against Matt Daley in the 9th inning on a sac fly by Tony Gwynn.
Some positive notes out of the bullpen: David Robertson, Matt Thornton, Shawn Kelley and David Herndon all tossed scoreless innings. Only Kelley gave up a hit in his 7th inning, while Robertson walked the lead off batter he faced in the 4th, and Herndon walked a pair in the 8th inning.
Derek Jeter picked up a hit, his 6th of the spring, with a single to right field. Brett Gardner put together a good night at the plate, going 3-for-3.
The Yankees will travel down to Dunedin tomorrow for a road game against the Toronto Blue Jays. Jeter will be among those making the trip, while Jacoby Ellsbury will be back in Tampa to play in a minor league game.