The New York Yankees defeated the St. Louis Cardinals by the score of 4-0 on Monday afternoon. The game took place at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida. Hiroki Kuroda started for the Yankees and pitched very well, David Robertson and Joba Chamberlain also pitched well. Kevin Youkilis had a hit and two RBI.
Kuroda pitched four innings giving up three hits and no runs with no walks and six strikeouts. Kuroda got the win the first of the spring for him, Chamberlain gave up a hit in an inning and Robertson gave up a hit in one inning of work and he struck out one. Dellin Betances pitched two innings giving up a hit and Shawn Kelley pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout.
Brett Gardner had a hit, Matt Diaz had an RBI and Travis Hafner had a hit. Ichiro Suzuki had a hit, Zoilo Almonte had an RBI and drew a walk and Youkilis had a hit and two RBI. Chris Stewart had a hit, Corban Joseph had two hits and Slade Heathcott drew two walks. Suzuki hit a double and Youkilis hit a homerun, the Yankees were 0-7 with runners in scoring position and they left seven men on base.
Lance Lynn started for the Cardinals and took the loss which was his second of the spring. He pitched four innings giving up two hits and a run with a walk and a strikeout. Randy Choate pitched a perfect inning, Seth Maness pitched 1 1/3 innings giving up four hits and three runs with a walk and two strikeouts and Victor Marte pitched 2/3 of an inning walking one and striking out one. Eric Fornataro pitched an inning giving up a hit.
Matt Carpenter had a hit, David Freese had a hit and Shane Robinson had a hit. Justin Christian had a hit and J.R. Towles had two hits. Robinson hit a double and the Cardinals were 0-5 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base. Robinson and Carpenter had a stolen base and Romak committed an error.
Youkilis hit a solo homerun in the fourth inning to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead. Youkilis hit a sacrifice fly in the sixth to make it 2-0 Yankees. Diaz was hit by a pitch to make it 3-0 Yankees and then Almonte walked to make it 4-0 and that would be the final score.
The Yankees have now won two games in a row and have two shutouts in a row. They are now 5-11 in the spring and the Cardinals record dropped to 8-7. The Yankees will play at Tampa Bay on Tuesday afternoon and the St. Louis Cardinals will play at the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday afternoon.