The Yankees' pitching is having a good spring, no? Six Yankee pitchers combined to hold the Red Sox to just four hits with only one walk, as the Yankees won 4-0.
Vidal Nuno got the start for the Yankees and looked great. He went five innings, allowing two hits and one walk, striking out one. And after him, the bullpen did just as well. David Robertson came in to pitch the sixth inning. Robertson did allow a single to Daniel Nava, but got Jackie Bradley to ground into a double play in the next at bat. Joba Chamberlain pitched a 1-2-3 inning in the seventh, striking out Mike "What Mike Trout Would Be Called in One of Those 'Fictional but Based on Real Events' Novels About Baseball" Carp. Josh Spence retired his only batter faced, which was a ground out by Ryan Sweeney that hit off his hand. Spence was removed because of taking the grounder off his hand, which looked to be precautionary more than anything. Cody Eppley came in to finish the eighth inning without any trouble, and Mark Montgomery finished the game to seal a 4-0 win.
On the offensive end, all of the Yankee runs, and a majority of their hits, came in one inning, the second.
Juan Rivera lead off the inning with a single to center. Ben Francisco doubled, moving Rivera to third. A sac fly by Jayson Nix scored Rivera to make it 1-0. Chris Stewart was next up and he singled to score Francisco. Thomas Neal singled, moving Stewart to second base. Melky Mesa singled on a ball that dropped just in front of Red Sox center fielded Jackie Bradley to load the bases. With Brett Gardner up, Felix Doubront threw a wild pitch allowing Stewart to score, and then ended up walking Gardner a few batters later. Eduardo Nunez hit a sac fly to score Neal, making it 4-0. The Red Sox got out of the inning without allowing anything else, but Yankees got all the runs they needed, and all the runs that would be scored by either team.
In other assorted news, prospect Mason Williams got a chance to play today. He didn't make an appearance at the plate, but played some in center field, but didn't have to make any play out there, either. Brett Gardner was playing the field, and did make some plays in left field. In the first inning, a ball took a weird hop over Gardner, which allowed what would have been a single by Jackie Bradley to turn into a double. But after that Gardner did make some nice running catches, on a day where he went 0-3 with a walk. Dan Johnson walked in his only at bat. Melky Mesa, Ben Francisco and Juan Rivera were all 1-3, with all of their hits coming in the aforementioned big inning. Kevin Youlikis was 0-4 cooling off after he had a couple of nice offensive days for a while there. Eduardo Nunez was 1-3, Jayson Nix was 1-2, Chris Stewart was 1-3, and Thomas Neal was also 1-3.
The Yankees play the Twins tomorrow night at 7:05 eastern.
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