The New York Yankees were defeated by the score of 2-1 on Saturday afternoon. The game took place at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida. Jose Ramirez made the start for the Yankees and pitched very well, Mariano Rivera and Joba Chamberlain both had solid appearances and Derek Jeter was 1-2 in his first action of the spring.
Ramirez pitched four innings giving up a hit with no runs, no walks and four strikeouts. Rivera pitched a perfect inning with two strikeouts, Chamberlain pitched a perfect inning and Francisco Rondon took the loss pitching an inning giving up two hits and a run with a strikeout. Cody Eppley pitched an inning giving up a hit and struck out two and Jim Miller pitched an inning giving up a hit and a run.
Jeter had a hit, Travis Hafner drew a walk and Suzuki had two hits. Thomas Neal had an RBI, Eduardo Nunez drew a walk and Jayson Nix had a hit. Jose Pirela had a hit, Bobby Wilson had a hit and Melky Mesa drew a walk. Slade Heathcott had a hit, Ronnier Mustelier had a hit which was a triple. The Yankees were 0-11 with runners in scoring position and left 11 men on base. Suzuki had a stolen base.
Mike Minor started for the Braves and pitched four innings giving up three hits and two walks with no runs. Luis Avilan pitched an inning giving up a hit and striking out one, Anthony Varvaro got the win pitching a perfect inning and Dusty Hughes pitched an inning giving up a hit and a walk and struck out one. Alex Wood got the save pitching two innings giving up three hits and a run which was unearned and striking out one.
Jordan Schafer had a hit, Tyler Pastornicky had two hits and Jordan Parraz had an RBI. Dan Uggla had a hit and an RBI, Todd Cunningham had a hit, Schafer hit a double and Pastornicky had a triple. The Braves were 1-2 with runners in scoring position and left two men on base. Pastornicky was caught stealing and Uggla, Johnson and wood committed errors.
Uggla hit an RBI single in the seventh to give the Braves a 1-0 lead. Parraz hit a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning giving the Braves a 2-0 lead. The Yankees scored their only run in the bottom of the ninth inning. Neal had an RBI groundout. The final score was 2-1 as the Yankees left the tying run at third base.
The Yankees were now 3-11 in the spring and the Braves are 8-8. The Yankees will play at Toronto tomorrow and the Braves will host the Miami Marlins.
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