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The Phillies offense took most of the game off, until Cam Perkins kick-started things and the rest of the bats responded.

After beating the University of Tampa 6-0 yesterday, the Phillies bats went into an early slumber against the Yankees on Friday. Late in the game though, they found their stride and put up four runs against the Yankees.

The highs...

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Cam Perkins wasn't in the starting lineup, but pinch-hit for Roman Quinn in the seventh inning and delivered a base-hit. The outfield prospect then hit a ninth inning home run to finish the day with two hits, two runs scored and an RBI. The performance comes a day after Perkins went 1-for-1 with a run scored against the University of Tampa on Thursday. Perkins pinch-hit single in the seventh was the first hit of the day for the Phillies.

Brock Stassi, who is a long-shot to make the Phillies, delivered a solo home run in his only at-bat of the day. Stassi is fighting for a job as a backup to first baseman Tommy Joseph, and is going to work on playing some outfield this spring in hopes of increasing his versatility.

On the mound, Nick Pivetta was the lone bright spot of the day for the Phillies. The 24-year old right-hander threw two shutout innings, giving up one hit and one walk, while striking out three batters. Pivetta was the only one of the five Phillies pitchers to not give up a run. Other than giving up a leadoff home run to Didi Gregorious, Alec Asher pitched well in two innings. Asher allowed two hits and didn't walk a batter, while striking out two hitters in his two innings of work.

The lows...

Phillies pitchers struggled for most of the day, but none more so than Luis Garcia, who was pounded for three earned runs on four hits in working the bottom of the eighth inning. Garcia gave up a two-run triple to Clint Frazier, who was then driven in by Rob Refsnyder, who singled to left, making it a 9-2 game. Lefty Sean Burnett gave up two runs in one inning of work, while Elniery Garcia allowed three runs - two earned - in his two inning stint against the Yankees.

At the plate, Andrew Knapp went 0-for-2, striking out twice, as the starting catcher. J.P. Crawford and Chris Coghlan also went 0-for-3 in the game for the Phillies.

On deck...

The Phillies and Yankees play again on Saturday afternoon in Clearwater. Adam Morgan gets the start for the Phillies.


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