The Yankees are still winless in spring, but today was an improvement in outcomes — if you care about that. The Yankees played the Pirates to a tie at George M. Steinbrenner Field, taking six innings before either team got on the scoreboard. Not very exciting for a game that didn’t get broadcast, but there were some highlights to be had regardless.
In lieu of full-length recaps, we will run bullet-point highlights through spring training. Important contributions and players will get covered, plus a roundup of the team’s pitching lines, as well as news and notes from the club. Hope you all enjoy this format!
- We got our first sight of Gerrit Cole pitching in an official game for the Yankees. The bright side was, he didn’t allow a single hit in his start! The reality is, it was only for one inning, as the team is just establishing the rhythm of their rotation. Still, it was a nice sight to see.
- Jordan Montgomery stepped up after Cole exited, and had a great start to his spring. Gumby pitched two innings, striking out three while walking one and also not allowing a hit. Montgomery is viewed as a favorite for the fifth starter gig, and this opening will help him keep a leg above the competition.
- The Yankee offense didn’t get going until the regulars were long gone from the lineup. New York put up three runs in the seventh inning thanks to four singles and a wild pitch. Brandon Wagner got the big blow, scoring two with a line drive to center field.
- The Yankees had the chance to secure the win with a one-run lead entering the ninth, but Glenn Otto was unable to earn the save. A one-out walk and two consecutive singles with two outs allowed Pittsburgh to get the tying run across and force a bottom of the ninth inning. The Yankees rally to break the tie was quick, as they went down in order to end the game.
New York will send a split squad to play the Blue Jays beginning at 1:07 p.m. EST. There won’t be a broadcast again unfortunately, but we’ll have a game thread and recap ready for you tomorrow.