If you weren’t able to watch today’s game, you didn’t miss much. The offense only mustered six total hits, Danny Espinosa made two errors that ended up allowing four unearned runs to score, and the pitching staff made appearances ranging from pretty good (Chad Green) to pretty bad (Cale Coshow).
The Yankees’ bats really underwhelmed today. Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez both went 1-for-2 with a single and a strikeout. Giancarlo Stanton went 0-for-3 and lost two balls in the sun during his first game in left field. Ronald Torreyes had a two hit day, and Billy McKinney went 1-for-1 with a walk. The only extra-base hit belonged to Jake Cave, who doubled during his one at-bat. The Yankees scored their one run in the fifth inning after McKinney was drilled in the back, Torreyes singled, and Tyler Wade hit a sac fly.
Chad Green started today’s game, but it sounds like the Yankees have decided he will be working out of the bullpen this season. After a scoreless first inning, he worked his way into trouble in the second. With runners on second and third base with zero outs, Green struck out the next two batters and got a pop out to end the inning. He ended the day with four strikeouts, and was one of the only pitchers who didn’t give up a run, unearned or otherwise.
We got our first look at Aroldis Chapman of the spring, but he wasn’t in the game very long. Chapman hit the first batter he faced, gave up a hit, and got a force out before he hit his pitch count and had to be relieved by Ben Heller. Denard Span hit an RBI sac fly to put the Rays on the board. The Rays added three more runs in the fourth inning after Kean Wong hit a ground-rule double to put runners on at second and third. The next batter was Jake Cronenworth, who reached on a throwing error by Danny Espinosa. That play allowed the runner at third to score. Raynel Espinal relieved Heller, but two more runs scored on a single and another ground-rule double. Espinal was also tagged for two earned runs in the fifth.
Not doing himself any favors in the infield competition, Espinosa made a fielding error in the sixth inning that allowed Jason Coats to reach, and later score on an RBI double. Giovanny Gallegos tossed a scoreless eighth inning, then Cale Coshow came out for the ninth. After giving up a lead-off single, Coshow walked Michael Russell, and surrendered a three-run homer to Peter Maris III. He issued another walk and was charged with a wild pitch before he struck out Adrian Rondon to end the inning.
The Yankees have tomorrow off, but they’ll be back at it again on Tuesday. They will play the Tigers at 1:05 EST, but there will be no audio or video available.