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Yankees 1, Blue Jays 3: Pineda solid as offense struggles


Michael Pineda once again looked pretty good in a spring training start. While this start featured the first runs Pineda has allowed all spring, some of them can be charged to some mistakes by the Yankee defense. It was a fairly good game for Yankee pitching in general. It was not a good game for the Yankee offense. The lineup managed just one run on eight hits as the Blue Jays picked up a 3-1 win.

Toronto scored the game's first run in the top of the second. After an easy 1-2-3 inning, Pineda looked like he was going to get another ground ball out to start the second. Unfortunately, our friend Eduardo Nunez's throw to first was off and Edwin Encarnacion reached on a throwing error. Adam Lind and Dioner Navarro then hit back-to-back singles, the second of which scored Encarnacion to make it 1-0. After striking out Colby Rasmus, Pineda hit Brett Lawrie with pitch, loading the bases with just one out. Pineda then got Ryan Goins to ground into a double play to escape the inning with just one run on the board.

In the top of the fifth, the Blue Jays added a few more runs, thanks partly to some more Yankee mistakes. Rasmus and Lawrie led off the inning with two straight singles. Goins then came up and laid down a bunt. Pineda fielded it, but his throw to first hit Goins and allowed Rasmus to score and Lawrie to move to third. After Goins was caught stealing second, Pineda got Chris Getz to ground out. Melky Cabrera then came to the plate and during his at bat a wild pitch allowed Lawrie to score. Pineda got out of the inning with no further damage, but the score was now 3-0.

The Yankees finally got on the board in the bottom of the sixth. Ichiro Suzuki led off the inning with a double and then moved to third when Brett Gardner singled. Derek Jeter came up next, and while he grounded into a double play, Ichiro was able to score. Carlos Beltran also doubled in the inning, but the one run was was all the Yankees could get.

The bullpen got in a bit of trouble in the top of the seventh. Cesar Cabral loaded the bases with one out, only for Dellin Betances to come in and get out of it with no damage done.

Danny Burawa and Jim Miller each pitched an inning without much trouble. Overall, the Yankee pitching had a pretty decent day. However, the Blue Jay pitching had an even better one. The Yankees could only manage the one run off Mark Buehrle. The Blue Jay bullpen also had a relatively easy time going through the Yankee lineup. Until the ninth inning.

Zelous Wheeler and Antoan Richardson both reached base in the ninth to put the winning run at the plate with just one out. Russ Canzler just missed a walk-off home run as Moises Sierra made a catch on the warning track. Yangervis Solarte then struck out to end the game as the Blue Jays finished off a 3-1 win.

After getting the day off tomorrow, the Yankees return to the field Tuesday night at 7:05 eastern to take on the Phillies.

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