CC Sabathia struggled with his fastball command and left a few changeups up in the zone. Nick Swisher and Jorge Posada hit their first spring home runs. Robinson Cano stayed hot with a 2-for-4 afternoon. Zack Segovia took the loss by allowing three runs in the eighth.
But it was switch pitcher Pat Venditte who stole the show.
Swisher said he and the other outfielders were talking to one another when Venditte was on the mound in the sixth.
“We were like, he’s about to switch, he’s about to switch right now!” Swisher said.
Sabathia had no idea Venditte could pitch with both hands. When he came out of he game, Sabathia saw a left-handed pitcher coming in from the bullpen. Then he saw a right-handed pitcher on the mound.
“I was like, maybe that guy got hurt,” Sabathia said.
Venditte allowed one run on two hits and a walk through an inning and a third. Jorge Posada said Venditte promised him he usually has better command. Afterward, Venditte seemed humbled by the experience and said it’s up to him to make himself more than a sideshow. Here’s the audio. I’m out the door on my way back to Tampa for tonight’s game against Toronto.