Monday, March 15, 2021

New York Yankees defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates


The New York Yankees defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday.  The game took place at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida and the final score was 7-5.  Corey Kluber started for the Yankees and he pitched well.  Aroldis Chapman, Justin Wilson, Luis Cessa all had good outings.  DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Hicks led the offense with a couple of hits each. 

Kluber pitched four innings giving up four hits and two runs.  He walked none and struck out two and earned his first victory of the spring.  Chapman pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout, Darren O’Day pitched an inning giving up a hit and a run with three strikeouts and Wilson pitched an inning giving up two hits and he struck out one.  Chad Green pitched an inning giving up two hits and two runs with a walk and Cessa earned his first save of the spring pitching an inning with a strikeout. 

LeMahieu had two hits and three RBI, Socrates Brito had a hit and an RBI and Hicks had two hits and an RBI.  Gleyber Torres had a hit, Brett Gardner had a hit and Ryan LaMarre had a hit and two RBI.  Hicks hit a double, LeMahieu, LaMarre and Brito each hit a homerun and the Yankees were 4-7 with runners in scoring position and left two men on base.  Duran was caught stealing and Peraza committed an error. 

In the first Hicks hit an RBI double giving the Yankees a 1-0 lead.  In the second LeMahieu hit a three-run homerun to push the Yankees lead to 4-0.  In the third Troy Stokes hit a solo homerun cutting the lead to 4-1.  Erik Gonzalez hit an RBI ground out in the fourth cutting the lead to 4-2.  In the sixth Bryan Reynolds hit a solo homerun making it a 4-3 game.  In the seventh LaMarre hit a two-run homerun pushing the Yankees lead to 6-3.  In the eighth Rodolfo Castro hit a two-run homerun cutting the lead to 6-5.  In the eighth Brito hit a solo homerun making it a 7-5 game and that would be the final score. 

The Yankees will head to Dunedin, Florida to take on the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon. 

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