Welcome to Ed Smith Field in Sarasota, Fla. It’s 71 degrees and the Yankees are playing the Cincinnati Reds. It’ll be Chien-Ming Wang vs. Aaron Harang.
A swarm of bees delayed the game here last year when the Yankees were in town. So if the live blog suddenly ends, you’ll know why.
The Yankees wasted a leadoff double by Johnny Damon. Jose Molina did his job by grounding out to the right side and advancing Damon to third. But Bobby Abreu K’d and Jason Giambi popped out.
Chien-Ming Wang is getting blasted in the bottom of the inning, giving up four singles and a walk to the first five hitters. The Yankees trail 4-0. I’m sure by now somebody has proclaimed that Wang stinks and the Yankees are finished.
It’s now 5-0 Reds as No. 9 hitter Andy Green slapped a double down the line. The Reds have batted around.
Make it 6-0 as Norris Hopper reaches on an infield single. Wang is pulled out of the game. he threw 32 pitches. Scott Patterson is on. That was about as awful as Wang has ever been.
Betemit (8), Jackson (K) and Gardner (5) went down in order. Patterson retired the side order as well. Still 6-0.
Damon doubled to right with two outs. But Molina lined to short to end the inning.
Chien-Ming Wang just spoke to the media. He said he was trying to throw too hard, overstriding and that led to his sinker being up. When sinkers are up, they get hit.
He went to the bullpen to throw 20 more pitches and made the adjustment.
Edwin Encarnacion just hit a grand slam off Darrell Rasner. 10-0 Reds. The Yankees have twi hits through four innings, both doubles by Damon.
It’s former Yankee day here at the ballpark. David Weathers just pitched a scoreless fifth inning for the Reds. Now Mike Stanton is pitching and Andy Phillips is playing third. Still 10-0 Cincy and the Yankees have two hits.
As we have a long drive back, I’m working on my newspaper stories. The live blog, such as it is, is taking a back seat for now.
Bobby Abreu just homered to left center and it’s 12-1 Reds. The homer came off Matt Maloney.
There’s no quit in those Yankees. Greg Porter just hit a grand slam and it’s 12-8. Chien-Ming Wang is on the top step of the dugout yelling, “Get me off the hook!”
OK, so that part isn’t true. But they have scored eight runs since falling behind 12-0.