Today the Yankees took just their second loss of the spring by a score of 9-1 against the Rays. Chad Green got the start against former Yankees' pitcher Nate Eovaldi. It was all Rays in this one. Lets get into the action.
The game got off to a fairly positive start for the Yankees. In the top of the first inning, Mallex Smith of the Rays would single up the middle off of Green, but Gary Sanchez would later fire a BULLET to second base nabbing the speedy Smith trying to steal second.
As for the bottom of the first, the only action was Judge’s first hit of the spring.
In the top of the second, with Stanton making his first start in left field for the Yankees, a fly ball, hit fairly well to left, went in and then out of Stanton’s glove. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky today at George M. Steinbrenner field, so with the sun being as bright as it was, Stanton can’t take all the blame for his miscue in left. Brandon Snyder had singled prior to the error so the Rays now had men on 2nd and 3rd with nobody out. However, Chad Green did what he usually does. He worked out of the jam allowing no one to score while striking out 2 in the process. His final line was 2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 4 K, 0 BB. One of the few bright spots in the game.
Moving to the top of the 3rd, with Aroldis Chapman making his spring debut, he would hit the first batter he faced and then allowed a single. He would then get Kevin Kiermaier to hit into a fielder’s choice, but would be removed from the due to pitch count. Chapman didn’t look sharp but nothing to be worried about just yet. An RBI sac fly by Denard Span would give the Rays a 1-0 lead.
More for the Rays in the 4th. Ben Heller now on the mound and he was off to a dominant start with two quick strike outs. Then, the wheels fell off. A walk, a ground rule double and an E5 made it 2-0. Raynel Espinal took over for the struggling Heller and didn’t do too well himself. He allowed single and a double which would make it 4-0 before Span popped out to stop the bleeding.
The only run for the Yankees would come in the bottom of the 7th with men on 1st and 3rd and Tyler Wade at the dish as he delivered a sac fly to center which brought in Billy McKinney.
Jumping ahead to the top of the 8th frame, Peter Maris of the Rays smacked one to right and it just went over the wall for a 3-run homerun, which put the nail in the coffin.
The Yankees went down 1-2-3 in the home half of the ninth to secure the Rays 9-1 victory.
Not a fun one to watch but looking on the bright side, spring training wins/losses are meaningless. Green looked great and Judge got his first hit.
The Yanks are off tomorrow for the first time this spring, but they’re back at it on Tuesday against the Tigers. Jordan Montgomery gets the ball for the Yankees at 1:05 PM ET.