Thome Pinch-Hits In Phillies 9-0 Loss To Yankees

The fact that Jim Thome was even able to pinch-hit was big news for the Phillies. The fact that Eric Milton got tagged for five first inning runs is a part of the game that the Phillies would like to forget. After an earlier hot streak this spring, the Phillies bats have cooled off in recent days.

Kevin Brown and four relievers combined on a three-hitter and Enrique Wilson hit a three-run homer as the Yankees defeated the Phillies 9-0.

Brown allowed just two hits in 5 2/3 innings with three walks and five strikeouts. Mariano Rivera, the last of the relievers, pitched a scoreless ninth inning.

Jim Thome pinch-hit, making his first appearance in a spring game since fracturing his middle finger fielding ground balls on March 5th. Thome flied out to center field but reported that the splint he is wearing to protect his finger doesn't hamper his swing at all.

Eric Milton gave up a three-run homerun to Enrique Wilson and a two-run double to Hideki Matsui in the first inning. Milton allowed five runs in the first and two more in the fourth, lasting just 3 2/3 innings. Six of the seven runs that Milton allowed were earned.

The Yankees leave for Tokyo and start the regular season in a two-game Japanese series against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Tuesday.

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