Phillies Prevail Over Yankees in Ninth-Inning Comeback


Down by a run entering the top of the ninth inning, Phillies shortstop Madison Stokes dug into the batter’s box to face Yankees right-hander Jack Neely. On a 1-0 count, Stokes tattooed a 94 mph fastball that carried 369 feet over the left-field wall.

Stokes’ solo shot tied the game before left fielder Leandro Pineda’s single and second baseman Dalton Guthrie’s double off the left-field wall put runners in scoring position with one out. The Yankees shifted an outfielder into the infield before Pineda scored the go-ahead run on a fielder’s choice.

In the bottom of the ninth, Phillies right-hander Braden Zarbnisky stranded one baserunner to seal a 9-8 victory Wednesday at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida.

In the top of the first inning, Philadelphia hopped out to a 7-0 lead. A trio of walks and singles led to Phillies center fielder Brandon Marsh’s bases-clearing double.

Yankees right-hander Luis Severino started on the hill, while right-hander Aaron Nola got the nod for the Phillies. Both pitchers were pulled in the first inning before re-entering the game in the second frame.

Nola gave up one run on a pair of doubles in the bottom of the first but settled in for three consecutive shutout innings. The 29-year-old Baton Rouge, Louisiana, native struck out seven batters.

Following four scoreless frames, the Yankees plated four runs in the bottom of the sixth to cut the deficit to 7-5. Phillies southpaw Gregory Soto — who was traded from the Detroit Tigers in January — allowed a pair of walks before Yankees shortstop Anthony Volpe and first baseman Jake Bauers hit back-to-back RBI singles.

With two outs, Philadelphia right-hander Mike Adams came in for Soto’s relief and conceded two bases-loaded walks.

After a scoreless seventh inning, New York took its first lead of the game in the bottom of the eighth. The Yankees loaded the bases with no outs before two base hits and a fielder’s choice drove in three runs.

With two outs, Zarbnisky took the rubber and escaped the jam before the 26-year-old pitched the final inning en route to earning his first win this spring training.

Despite recent attempts to shorten the duration of MLB games, the game lasted three and a half hours.

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