TAMPA – Scott Kingery homered in the ninth with two outs and two strikes but the Phillies fell to the Yankees, 4-3, on walk-off homer at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
Ranger Suarez allowed the homer to Yankees prospect Miguel Andujar. Here’s a look at the rest of the game:
Ben Lively: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
Lively made 15 starts in the big leagues last season and said his biggest lesson was to slow the game down and “don’t let these big guys beat you.” He met one of those big guys Monday night and came out on top. Lively used his low-90s fastball to whiff Giancarlo Stanton and highlight his spring debut. The Phillies will have a camp-long battle to determine their fifth starter and Lively is in the hunt.
“I pitched against him last year and did pretty good against him,” Lively said. “Just had the same mindset, keep the ball down, bust him in, and keep pitching to my strengths.”
- Tom Eshelman retired all six batters he faced and struck out three, including Giancarlo Stanton. He joins Lively in the mix for the fifth starter job but is not on the 40-man roster. The Phillies would have to make room if they want to start Eshelman in the majors.
- Jesmuel Valentin made an incredible over-the-shoulder catch in left field before crashing into the wall. The infielder is spending time in the outfield this spring as he tries to prove that he can serve a utility role. He made a nice impression Monday night.
- Franklyn Kilome threw mostly fastballs in his spring debut but the handful breaking pitches he threw had some ridiculous movement. He was fun to watch and flashed some promise but was troubled with spotty command of his 94-mph fastball, especially when targeting the outside part of the plate. He allowed a run. It’s early and he’ll start the season at double A, anyway.
Next up: Tigers at Phillies, Tuesday, 1:05 p.m., NBC Sports Philadelphia Plus. Jerad Eickhoff pitches for the Phillies.