Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The New York Yankees defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates in a rain shortened game

The New York Yankees defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday afternoon.  The game took place at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida and the final score was 5-4 in five innings.  CC Sabathia started and pitched pretty well in his final exhibition game before the season starts.  Carlos Beltran had three RBI to lead the offense. 

Sabathia pitched four innings giving up three hits and two runs with two walks and two strikeouts.  Nick Goody pitched 1/3 of an inning giving up two hits and two runs and Johnny Barbato pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up a hit. 

Jacoby Ellsbury had a hit, Alex Rodriguez had a hit and Mark Teixeira had a hit, an RBI and drew a walk.  Beltran had a hit and three RBI, Chase Headley had a hit and Starlin Castro had a hit and an RBI.  Castro hit a double and Beltran hit a homerun.  The Yankees were 1-4 with runners in scoring position and left one man on base. 

In the second Beltran hit a two run homerun giving the Yankees a 2-0 lead.  Castro hit an RBI double still in the second and it was 3-0 Yankees.  In the third Teixeira hit an RBI single to push the lead to 4-0 Yankees.  Beltran hit a sac fly to make it 5-0.  The Pirates got on the board in the fourth on a Jose Osuna two run single.  In the fifth Jacob Stallings hit a solo homerun to cut the lead to 5-3 and Starling Marte hit an RBI single to make it 5-4 but that would be how the game ended. 

The Yankees spring record improved to 12-13.  They were also playing a game in Clearwater, Florida against the Philadelphia Phillies but that game got called off in the fourth inning.  Masahiro Tanaka was making his final start before what they hoped would be Opening Day.  He pitched pretty well giving up a run on seven hits in his four innings of work.  He did strike out five without walking a batter.  The Yankees were winning that game 7-1 when it was called. 

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