Yankees 3, Phillies 1: Strikeouts galore and just 1 hit

Yankees 3, Phillies 1: Strikeouts galore and just 1 hit


TAMPA, Fla. -- Phillies batters struck out a whopping 13 times and had just one hit in a 3-1 loss to the New York Yankees at Steinbrenner Field on Wednesday night.

Eight of those strikeouts came against Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda, who was perfect for five innings.

Freddy Galvis had the Phillies' only hit, a single in the seventh. They walked just one time.

Though not as effective as Pineda, Phillies starter Clay Buchholz was solid in five innings of work. He gave up five hits and two runs, one of which was unearned. He walked two and struck out one.

Buchholz gave up a solo homer to Greg Bird in the second inning. The lefty-hitting Bird hit a 1-2 changeup over the wall in right.

"He was a little out front of it, but he's a strong dude and if you put the barrel on it, it's going to go," Buchholz said. "That would have been way back in Yankee Stadium, so I'm glad it was here."

Buchholz lines up to pitch the third game of the regular season. He believes he's on target.

"That's what spring training is for, to build up and not necessarily try to throw 100 percent effort level out of the gate," he said. "As the innings go up, your arm strength will go up with that.

"The first three innings, I felt really good with my command. I threw a lot of strikes early and they hit it at people and I was able to get some quick outs. That's what you want as a starting pitcher."

Joseph day to day
Tommy Joseph was scratched from the lineup, one day after taking a pitch off his left hand (see story). X-rays taken Tuesday were negative, but Joseph was still feeling soreness when he tried to take some swings in the batting cage on Wednesday.

"It wasn't too comfortable hitting," he said.

Manager Pete Mackanin doesn't think Joseph will be out of the lineup long. Neither does Joseph.

"Zero fear," Joseph said when asked if he had any fear that he might not be ready for opening day.

Morgan goes four
Adam Morgan pitched four innings of one-run ball in a minor-league game on Wednesday. The Phillies are keeping Morgan stretched out as a starter even though he is a candidate to pitch out of the big-league bullpen.

Up next
The Phillies play the Orioles in Sarasota on Thursday night. Here is the posted lineup for that game:

Cesar Hernandez, 2B
Roman Quinn, CF
Howie Kendrick, LF
Michael Saunders, RF
Maikel Franco, 3B
Brock Stassi, 1B
Daniel Nava, DH
Andres Blanco, SS
Ryan Hanigan, C

Vince Velasquez will be the Phillies' starting pitcher. Lefty Chris Lee is scheduled to pitch for Baltimore.

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick on Saturday night made his fourth rehab appearance in Triple A during Lehigh Valley's 13-1 rout of the Louisville Bats in Allentown.

Kendrick went 1 for 5 with a run scored and three strikeouts. He also grounded into a double play and left two runners in scoring position.

It was his second rehab game playing third base. He played third during his appearance in the IronPigs' 8-4 loss Thursday to the Indianapolis Indians. He was 0 for 1 in three plate appearances with a run scored and was hit by a pitch twice (see story).

The Phillies' plan for Kendrick was to have him play a minimum four games at Lehigh Valley. He played left field in two games and third base twice. Pete Mackanin said Wednesday that Kendrick would also get a game at first base but he hasn't gotten a game at first yet.

There is a chance Kendrick could be recalled Sunday before the Phillies’ series finale against the Cincinnati Reds depending on how he feels.

Kendrick has been sidelined since April 15 with an oblique strain. In 10 games before the injury, Kendrick went 13 for 39 (.333) with five extra-base hits and four walks while exclusively playing left field.

Best of MLB: Trout's 16th home run guides Angels past Marlins

Best of MLB: Trout's 16th home run guides Angels past Marlins

MIAMI -- Mike Trout hit his major league-leading 16th homer, and the Los Angeles Angels reached the .500 mark for the 12th time this season by beating Miami 5-2 Saturday.

Trout's first-inning homer into the beer garden in left field was estimated at 443 feet, which pleased a fair portion of the crowd at Marlins Park.

"Hate Fish Love Trout," read a sign held by an Angels fans.

J.C. Ramirez (5-3) limited Miami to an unearned run in seven innings and benefited from excellent defense. Bud Norris, who tweaked his right knee and left Friday's game after throwing only three pitches, gave up a homer to Marcell Ozuna in the ninth (see full recap).

Strasburg K's career-high 15, Nats down Padres 3-0
WASHINGTON -- Stephen Strasburg dominated San Diego with a career-high 15 strikeouts while allowing three hits over seven innings as the Washington Nationals beat the Padres 3-0 on Saturday.

Strasburg (6-1) singled and scored Washington's first run on Bryce Harper's RBI grounder in the third inning. Michael A. Taylor hit a two-run homer for the second consecutive game.

San Diego's lineup offered little resistance against Strasburg the day after Max Scherzer dominated the Padres with 13 strikeouts in Washington's 5-1 win.

Strasburg struck out the side in the third and sixth and had at least two in the first six innings.

The right-hander previously struck out 14 batters twice including his Major League debut on June 8, 2010. He set a personal best by setting down Franchy Cordero in the seventh (see full recap).

Yankees held hitless into 6th by Cotton, but beat A's 3-2
NEW YORK -- Oakland rookie Jharel Cotton held the Yankees hitless until Matt Holliday launched a two-run homer with two outs in the sixth inning that sent resurgent CC Sabathia and New York to a 3-2 victory Saturday.

Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge was in the right spot for a pair of key catches to boost the AL East leaders, who won with just two hits.

Sabathia (5-2) has won three straight starts for the first time since April 2013. The 36-year-old lefty pitched into the seventh and struck out nine.

Dellin Betances escaped a second-and-third, one-out jam in the eighth, an inning that included the ejections of A's hitter Jed Lowrie and manager Bob Melvin for arguing strike three calls. Betances closed for his fifth save.

Cotton (3-5) was promoted from Triple-A Nashville before the game. He began the season in the Athletics' rotation but was sent down to the minors May 11 to refine his game (see full recap).

Bautista hits 3-run HR, Blue Jays beat Rangers 3-1
TORONTO -- Jose Bautista hit a three-run homer that backed Marco Estrada, and the Toronto Blue Bays beat the Texas Rangers 3-1 Saturday and matched their longest winning streak this season at five.

Shin-soo Choo homered into the center-field party deck on the first pitch of the game from Marco Estrada, but Bautista hit a two-out drive in the fifth, his eighth home run in May after one in April.

Estrada (4-2) allowed four hits in six innings to win for the third time in four starts. Aaron Loup got one out in the seventh, Ryan Tepera finished the inning and Joe Smith worked the eighth. Roberto Osuna threw a perfect ninth for his ninth save, completing a six-hitter.

Darvish (5-3) gave up three runs and five hits in six innings. He had been 4-0 with a 2.54 ERA in six starts since losing April 18 at Oakland. Texas has lost five in a row for the first time this year (see full recap).