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.
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.