By Sam Bush
The Phillies made sure that CC Sabathia didn’t make it out of the second inning yesterday in his second spring training start, and they beat the New York Yankees 3-0.
The 35-year-old lefty, coming off two hitless innings Tuesday against Miami, gave up three runs and five hits in 1 2-3 innings. He struck out one, walked one, hit a batter, threw a wild pitch and committed a fielding error.
Ryan Howard went 1 for 3 with an RBI double off Sabathia in the first. The slugger is 2 for 18 overall.
Adam Morgan (above), bidding for a rotation spot, allowed one hit over four impressive innings against a regular Yankees lineup that was missing only Alex Rodriguez and Brett Gardner.
Morgan also faced the Yankees on March 3, giving up two runs and two hits over two innings.
”It’s kind of cool,” Morgan said. ”For the first outing I had against them, it was definitely a learning experience. So I had a good idea for a couple guys. I was trying to keep the ball down.”
”You want to pitch well, obviously for sure, but for me it’s just health,” Sabathia said. ”Feeling like I can keep my delivery and make good pitches. I feel like I’m on the right track.”
Sabathia was 6-10 with a 4.73 ERA last year, when he was slowed by his surgically repaired right knee. After returning from the disabled list and using a tighter brace, he went 2-1 with a 2.17 ERA in his last five starts.
”He struggled,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. ”His command wasn’t very good. I don’t make too much out of one start, but if it becomes a pattern then you worry about it. You want to see improvement next time.”