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Yankees 4, Pirates 1: Billy McKinney’s home run proves the difference

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The ninth inning home run, and Brandon Drury’s debut were among the notable things from the second game of the spring.

MLB: Spring Training-New York Yankees at Pittsburgh Pirates Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The second game of spring was not televised, but it appears we didn’t miss a ton.

Neither offense did much of anything for the first eight innings, and the game headed into the ninth inning tied at one. In the ninth, the Yankees broke the tie when Billy McKinney homered to put them up 4-1. That proved the difference in the game, as the Yankees’ threw a scoreless bottom of the ninth to pick up a win over the Pirates.

McKinney’s home run was the most notable thing to happen on the day, but several other Yankees who will play a part this season made appearances.

Brandon Drury made his Yankees’ debut and singled in his only at bat in the first inning. Estevan Florial played in yesterday’s game, but was given the start today. He struck out in two of his three at bats, but the other went for a triple. Clint Frazier and Ronald Torreyes each picked up a single, while Tyler Austin and Tyler Wade both went 0-3.

Miguel Andujar made an appearance off the bench, and singled before being one of the runners to score on McKinney’s homer. Kyle Holder’s double and a single from Trey Amburgey were the only other bench players to record hits.

As you would expect from a team that allowed just one run, the Yankees’ pitching was mostly solid. Domingo German was the starter, and apparently wanted to pay re2pect. He allowed two hits and two walks, striking out two in his two innings.

Adam Warren threw two scoreless innings before Dillon Tate allowed the only Pittsburgh run in his appearance on the mound. J.P. Feyereisen and Jonathan Holder finished off the last three frames allowing just one hit (a double off Holder) between them.

The people whose roster spots were most up in the air all seemed to have decent (maybe not exceedingly good) games, except for the Tylers. The two choices at third base both had hits. German, Feyereisen, and Holder all may see action of the major league bullpen at some point this season, and only German faced major difficulty.

Oh, and Erik Kratz went 2-2 and has still never not picked up a hit when batting for the Yankees.

Box score.