For those out there on panic alert, I have some crucial news.
It's only spring training. It's only spring training. It's only spring training.
Repeat as many times as necessary.
Ivan Nova didn't have his sharpest stuff, allowing five earned runs over 2.2 innings of work. Toronto put the ball into play nearly every at bat, managing six hits and working merely one walk off Nova. J.P. Arencibia had the biggest hit of the day, driving a two-run homer over the right field fence to extend Toronto's lead to 3-0 in the bottom of the second inning.
Nova didn't benefit from the below-average infield play today, but still didn't have near his best stuff.
As for the rest of the pitching, they faired pretty well. David Phelps pitched 2.1 innings, allowing one hit while walking two batters and striking out one. Cesar Cabral, Dellin Betances and Dan Burawa all tossed an inning each with Cabral serving up a solo shot to Travis Snider in the sixth inning.
The good news is that, despite two hits off of him in his inning of work, Betances didn't walk anyone!
The Yankee offense was practically anemic. Colin Curtis, commonly referred to as "White CC", stroked a home run over the centerfield fence in the top of the ninth to put New York's lone run on the board. The Yankees had eight hits, with Colin's homer and Ramiro Pena's double being the only extra baggers.
Expected starters accounted for two hits, one from Brett Gardner and one from Mark Teixeira. Alex Rodriguez went 0-2 and worked a walk.
New York returns to George M. Steinbrenner Field tomorrow to host the Atlanta Braves. Freddy Garcia takes the ball for the Yanks.