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Everything’s made up and the points don’t matter: Phillies 2, Yankees 2

Under normal rules, the Phillies would have won...I think?

Philadelphia Phillies v New York Yankees
Mauricio Llovero tries - and fails - to record a save
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I’m not sure about much of anything when it comes to the 2020 Major League Baseball season. But my hope is that when the season begins for real, they play the games under some semblance of normal rules. Because Monday’s exhibition game between the Phillies and Yankees was strange. There were ten batters in the starting lineups, and one of the Yankees runs came after three outs were recorded in an inning. I don’t think even Angel Hernandez would allow that to happen in a regular season game.

The Phillies had Vince Velasquez start the game, and the first inning went the way so many Velasquez-pitched innings go: Long. Velasquez loaded the bases, and although he was able to escape the jam unharmed, it took him 25 pitches to complete the frame.

Velasquez actually looked solid after that, but let’s slow the bandwagon down just a touch. I’m not going to go into it too much - I’ve got a lengthy column coming tomorrow on this subject - but come on, people: It’s Vince Velasquez. Temper your expectations!

J.T. Realmuto got the Phillies on the board in the first inning with an RBI double, and Roman Quinn added an RBI single in the second.

Of course, this being Roman Quinn, he suffered an injury scare when he was hit by an errant pickoff throw at first base. That was just a fraction of the destruction that Yankees pitcher Deivi Garcia seemed determine to inflict on the Phillies.

The Yankees got a run back in the fifth. Despite having recorded the third out, Joe Girardi had Velasquez remain in the game to face Aaron Judge. Velasquez struck out Judge in his previous two at bats, but this one went a little differently.

In the bottom of the ninth, the Phillies had Mauricio Llovero on the mound attempting to nail down the one-run lead. It’s doubtful we’ll see Llovero in many save situations this season (although you never know!), which is good, because Yankees pinch hitter Mike Ford hit one of his pitches a very long way.

After the final out of the inning was recorded, the announcers weren’t sure if the game would continue. When neither team re-emerged from the dugout, they concluded that the game had ended in a tie.

And with that, we creep slightly closer to the regular season which will feature real games, and presumably real rules.