This game was an unmitigated disaster from the onset. Poor Nik Turley gave up five runs - four earned - in 0.1 inning. Yes, he was only able to get one out and he gave up three hits, struck out one, walked one and before the Yankees finally brought in Cody Eppley to clean up the mess. Not that Eppley was much better. He lasted 1.1 innings and he gave up two more runs - both earned - on two hits. He did get two strikeouts.
Adding to the Yankees' bad pitching were the errors. The team made five of them this afternoon. It wasn't pretty, it was like watching a little league team at times and because of the sloppy play and bad pitching the game, which started at 1:05, ended at 4:34.
But you do have to give the kids credit, they made the game exciting at the end, scoring three runs in the ninth and actually bringing the winning run to the plate. Alas, it was not meant to be and the Yankees came up short. The loss dropped the Yankees' record to 1-4.
Some good things from today's game:
- Brett Gardner was 1-2 with 3 RBI. He hit a bases clearing triple to help the Yankees cut a 7-1 deficit to 7-4 in the second inning.
- Francisco Cervelli threw another runner out at second and is looking better behind the plate.
Okay, I guess that was it for the good stuff.
The Yankees will be doing the split squad thing tomorrow afternoon with half the team playing in Osecola County Stadium against the Astros and the other half playing vs the Blue Jays at Steinbrenner Field.