Thursday, March 15, 2012

The Yankees defeat the Nationals 8-5 as Pineda pitches well

The New York Yankees defeated the Washington Nationals by the score of 8-5 on Thursday afternoon. Michael Pineda started and pitched well once again. Pineda has impressed the Yankees thus far and looked good in his three starts. The Yankees were really happy that he used his changeup a lot in this start and did well with it. There is one topic though, his velocity which has been in the low 90’s. The Yankees don’t seem too concerned with that right now and either does he. Bill Hall led the offense with a couple of hits and RBI. 
Pineda pitched 3 2/3 innings giving up four hits, two runs, one walk and he struck out four batters. Clay Rapada in a bid for the second lefty spot out of the bullpen pitched 1 1/3 innings giving up one hit and two walks with a strikeout. Juan Cedeno pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up one hit and one run with a walk, Brett Marshall pitched 2 1/3 innings getting the win. He gave up two hits, two runs, one walk and he struck out three batters. Michael O’Connor pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up one hit and Adam Warren got a save facing one batter and retiring him.

Justin Maxwell had two hits and an RBI, Russell Martin had a hit and JR Murphy had a hit and an RBI. Andruw Jones had a walk, Chris Dickerson had a hit and Bill Hall had two hits and two RBI. Dewayne Wise had a hit, Melky Mesa had a hit and Jayson Nix had a hit. Jose Gil had a hit and two RBI, Ramiro Pena had a hit and Doug Bernier had a hit. Hall and Mesa each had a double. The Yankees were 6-12 with runners in scoring position and they left five men on base. Maxwell, Nix and Jones each stole a base. Pena and Almonte were each caught stealing.

The Yankees will take on the Washington Nationals once again tomorrow afternoon. This time they will be playing at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida. CC Sabathia will be making the start for the Yankees.

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