New York Yankees

The New York Yankees were shutout today against the Philadelphia Phillies in Tampa. It was CC Sabathia‘s second outing of the Spring, and the big lefty was off his game.  

  • Philadelphia Phillies: 3 (10-3)
  • New York Yankees: 0 (3-8-2)
  • Grapefruit League, Final, Box Score
  • George M. Steinbrenner Field, Tampa, FLA

By Christian Kouroupakis

New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia dazzled in his first outing of the spring holding the Miami Marlins hit-less in two innings of work on Tuesday. It’s fair to say this outing was far from an encore.

The 35-year old lefty, who’s trying to prove he can be effective while on the back-end of his career, didn’t make it out of the second inning. He surrendered three runs on five hits, struck out one, walked one, hit a batter, threw a wild pitch, and committed an error.

Ouch, rough day.

“I think just my control, I was kind of off with the two-seamer,” Sabathia told Brian Hoch of MLB.com. “I think the cutter was working good, but I got into some counts and couldn’t put some guys away. I’ve got some work to do as far as that goes.”

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Sabathia surrendered a double to Ryan Howard in the Top of the 1st to plate Maikel Franco, and surrendered a anther double to Nick Williams that scored Freddy Galvis. Later that inning, Cesar Hernandez ripped an RBI single to score Williams and the Phillies took a lead and never looked back.

Dellin Betances relieved CC for one third of an inning and struck out the only batter he faced on three pitches.

Andrew Miller came on to pitch a scoreless third inning and then it was Michael Pineda’s turn to get some mound time.

Big Mike tossed three scoreless frames and only allowed one hit, one walk, and struck out four. Aroldis Chapman took over in the seventh inning and recorded all three outs via strikeout (one walk). Chasen Shreve and Richard Bleier managed a scoreless eighth and ninth inning but the bats simply didn’t wake up for New York today.

As a whole, the Yankees managed only five hits and left six runners on base as the bats went quietly for the second consecutive day. New York has scored one run in the past two days.

The Bomber’s starting catcher Brian McCann was pulled from the contest due to a bruise on his left knee. McCann was hit by a ricochet off of a pitch that hit Howard, but according to Hoch, he would have stayed in the game had it been a regular-season game.

One scary note: The Yankees made five errors in today’s ballgame. Sabathia, Chapman, Aaron Hicks, and Starlin Castro each made a throwing error, while Dustin Fowler couldn’t snag a line drive in center field in the eighth inning.

The Yankees are off on Monday, but will square off against their long time rivals, the Boston Red Sox, on Tuesday at Jet Blue Park in Fort Myers. First pitch will be thrown by Ivan Nova at 6:05 and you can catch that game on MLB Network.

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