Good evening and welcome to McKechnie Field. The Yankees are facing those plucky Pirates of Pittsburgh.
It’s 78 here in Bradenton.
Phil Hughes allowed a homer by Nate McLouth (McLovin?) then retired the side. He fanned Jason Bay on three pitches to end the inning.
The Big G singled up the middle before Posada hit a fly ball to right that got caught in the wind and sailed out. 2-1 Yankees.
Is it too late to rescind the decision on Joba? Ryan Doumit and Chris Gomez have hit solo homers off Hughes. 3-2 Pirates.
Brett Gardner continues to be a very, very interesting player. He just reached on a bunt single and took second when the Pirates threw the ball away. The Yankees have nobody like this guy.
Meanwhile, the Yankees had five straight singles off Matt Morris and now lead 6-3.
Bobby Meacham is no Larry Bowa as a third-base coach. He just waved A-Rod home and the throw beat him by 30 feet. A-Rod turned around and scrambled back to third.
That’s the second time (at least) this spring that Meacham has made such a mistake. That one more time than I remember Bowa making a mistake sending a runner in two years.
Hughes allowed another run on a doule by McLouth and a single by Sanchez. 6-4 Yankees
The Yankees are hammering Morris again. A-Rod crushed a double off the wall in left then Posada looped an RBI single into left. 8-4 Yankees.
Hughes struggled again as the Pirates scored two more. One was unearned as Cody Ranson threw a ball away. His line so far: 4 6 6 5 2 3.
The Yankees went down in order. Hughes allowed a single (off A-Rod’s glove) to start the bottom of the inning and was lifted for Traber. I had Hughes at 77 pitches.
Traber allowed a hit, a walk and threw a wild pitch. A-Rod also threw a double-play ball into right field. The Pirates scored three runs and now lead 9-8.
The final line for Hughes: 4 7 7 6 2 3 77 pitches/48 strikes.
Just talked to Hughes in the clubhouse. He said that he was overstriding on the mound because he was trying to throw too hard. “Even though it didnâ€™t look it, the last few innings were better,” he said.
Hughes said he typically does not pitch well in spring training. “I wish that wasn’t the case but it seems to be,” he said.
Nick Green – Yes, Nick Green – just crushed a two-run homer than landed in Sarasota. 11-9 Yankees.
Chad Moeller just crushed one, too. Turns out that B.K. Kim is pitching. That explains everything.