Here we are at Knology Park in Dunedin, Fla. It’s sunny and 70. Ian Kennedy is facing Brett Cecil.
Here’s Joe Girardi’s pre-game press conference back at Legends Field:
Damon walked. But Melky GIPD’d and Cano grounded out. IPK allowed two hits but no runs. Eckstein doubled and was thrown out going to third. 17 pitches / 10 strikes.
The Yankees scored twice. Shelley singled before doubles by Betemit and Ransom. Shelley’s “slide” was great as he dove in head-first and slapped his hand on the plate.
IPK K’d Stairs and Overbay in the bottom of the frame. 2-0 Yanks.
Cano (singled) and Matsui (walk) reached with two outs before Duncan doubled to center to make it 4-0. The ball looked like it should have beeen caught by Vernon Wells. But then again, I’m wearing sunglasses and sitting 450 feet away.
Damon singled with two outs but was stranded.
Rolen doubled to lead off the bottom of the fourth. IPK got Thomas to pop out, K’d Stairs looking and got Overbay to ground to short when he broke his bat.
IPK so far: 4 5 1 1 0 4
The Yankees scored two more as Betemit homered deep to right after Matsui singled.
Kennedy got an out then allowed a pop up that fell in for a single down the left-field line. He was pulled then, having thrown 76 pitches.
Good outing for IPK: 4.1 6 1 1 0 4 76 pitches / 43 strikes. He’s responsible for the runner on base.
The Yankees (13 hits) tacked on another run as Damon singled and scored on a Cano groundout.
Kyle Farnsworth started the bottom of the inning. He K’d Frank Thomas but has since allowed a hit and walk. Aaron Hill just crushed an RBI double to center. 7-2 Yankees.
The Yankees didn’t score. Now Joba is pitching.
Facing three minor leaguers (Ryan Patterson, Sean Shoffit and Anthony Hatch), Joba’s K’d the side. 11 pitches / 9 strikes.
Joe Girardi is a genius.