Cano, Swisher Lead Yankees To Victory Over
YANKEES (SS) 7, PHILLIES 5
TAMPA, FL – Robinson Cano stroked a bases-loaded two-run single in the fifth inning to break a 3-3 tie and Nick Swisher added two doubles and three RBIs as a New York Yankees split squad defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 7-5 on Monday at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
Amaury Sanit (2-0) was credited with the win in relief while former Yankee Jose Contreras (0-1) gave up six hits, three walks and six runs and was tagged with the loss.
The Yankees also won their split squad game in Bradenton to run their Grapefruit League record to 3-4. The Phillies are 1-3.
Javier Vazquez, despite giving up a leadoff home run to Jimmy Rollins, was superb in his 2010 spring debut. He was touched only with the one run on the solo homer in two innings and he struck four batters, including striking out the side in the second inning. Vazquez threw first-pitch strikes to every batter he faced and used his change-up and slow curve to make Chase Utley, Raul Ibanez and Jayson Werth look overmatched.
Robinson Cano continued his torrid spring with a double, a single, a walk, one run and two RBIs. Cano is now batting .778 early in the spring season. Cano has been criticized for not hitting with runners on base so his bases-loaded single had to please manager Joe Girardi.
Nick Swisher also came alive at the plate with a two-run double in the fourth inning to bring the Yankees to within 3-2. He added a ground-rule double in the fifth that gave the Yankees a 6-3 lead. Both hits came with two out in the inning and both came off Contreras.
Ramiro Pena turned in a pair flashy double plays. In the fourth inning, he flagged down a Raul Ibanez grounder behind second base, tossed the ball forward to Cano, who then relayed to get Ibanez. In the sixth inning, Pena again ranged to his left to pick up a Rollins grounder. He flipped to Dale Adams and Adams relayed to Jose Gil at first to just nip the speedy Rollins at first.
Kevin Whelan, who was blasted for two runs and did not retire a batter against the Tampa Bay Rays last Friday, rebounded with two-thirds of an inning on Monday with the tying runners on base to pick up a save.
Amaury Sanit, the winning pitcher, is opening eyes with his work this spring. He pitched 1 1/3 innings of shutout baseball and struck two batters — Rollins and Werth.
David Robertson seemed to struggle with his command and he was touched for three hits, two walks and two runs in two-thirds of an inning.
Jonathan Albaladejo looked a bit better than he did when he gave up five runs in one-third of an inning on Saturday but he was rescued by a fluke play. After recording the first two outs of the third inning, he gave up a bunt single to Jimmy Rollins and a single to Placido Polanco. Then Chase Utley singled to right field and it looked like Jimmy Rollins was safe at home with the Phillies’ second run. But second base umpire Dan Iassogna ruled that the ball struck Polanco and Polanco was called out, ending the inning.
Marcus Thames, making a bid for the 25th spot on the roster and the fifth outfielder role, had a day he would like to forget. He struck out three times in his three at-bats — twice swinging and once called.
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