The New York Yankees defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday afternoon. The game took place at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Florida and the final score was 7-2. Masahiro Tanaka started for the Yankees and pitched ok, not great though in his two innings. Luis Severino pitched great out of the bullpen and Starlin Castro and Rob Refsnyder each hit a homerun.
Tanaka pitched two innings giving up four hits and two runs with no walks and a strikeout. Johnny Barbato pitched an inning giving up a hit and a walk with a strikeout, Severino pitched four innings giving up two hits and no runs and he struck out five and Chasen Shreve pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout. Tyler Olson pitched an inning giving up a hit and he struck out one.
Castro had a hit and an RBI, Pete Kozma had a hit and Carlos Beltran drew a walk. Cesar Puello had a hit, Brian McCann had a hit and Chase Headley had a hit and an RBI. Dustin Ackley had two hits, Refsnyder had a hit and three RBI and Ronald Torreyes had a hit. Chris Denorfia had a hit, Ben Gamel drew a walk and Mark Payton drew a walk. Ackley and McCann each hit a double and Castro and Refsnyder each hit a homerun. The Yankees were 0-9 with runners in scoring position and left four men on base.
In the first Andrew McCutchen hit a solo homerun giving the Pirates a 1-0 lead. In the second Refsnyder hit an RBI groundout to tie the game at one. In the bottom of the second John Jaso hit an RBI single to give the Pirates a 2-1 lead. Refsnyder hit a two run homerun in the fourth to give the Yankees a 3-2 lead. In the fifth Castro hit a solo homerun to push the Yankees lead to 4-2. Headley hit a sac fly making it 5-2 Yankees. In the seventh Austin Romine reached on an error and a run scored giving the Yankees a 6-2 lead. Jonathan Diaz grounded into a double play and the score was 7-2 which would be the final score.
The Yankees improved their spring record to 6-8 with a couple of ties and they will take on the Baltimore Orioles at home in Tampa on Friday night.