The Yankees made the trip across Tampa Bay to play a game against the Phillies in Clearwater. And despite threatening clouds, the Yankees and Phillies were underway and well into the game before the deluge. And I’m not just talking about the rain from the sky.
Michael Pineda threw 5 full innings, with his fastball consistent at 93-94 mph. It was definitely enough to keep the Phillies from doing much of anything other than their 5 hits and striking out 5 batters.
On the other hand, the Phillies starter (a very good pitcher, by the way) only went 1 inning. His reliever went 3 innings, giving up 5 hits to the Yankees, but no one crossed the plate. At the end of the 4th inning, the score was 0-0.
And then it was the 5th inning with some light rain beginning to fall. Ryan doubled; Gardner singled to put runners on the corners; on a wild pitch, both runners advanced; Headley singled; Carlos Beltran singled home Gardner and Headley ended up on 3rd on a fielding error; and Mark Teixeira singled home Headley. So far it’s 3-0 Yankees and no outs, and it’s still the 5th inning.
Finally, an out — a fly out, but no runners advanced. Rodriguez walked to load the bases, and Stephen Drew’s single scored both Beltran and Teixeira. Then after a much-needed pitching change, Chris Young’s double scored Rodriguez and Drew. Back to the top of the batting order for the inning with another out (a ground out this time) for out #2. A walk and finally out #3 finally closed out the inning, but it was some big damage — 12 batters, 7 hits, 2 walks, 7 runs, and an error.
And once the 6th inning began as the rain began to just pour, the Yankees were back at it again (though they had rotated out most of today’s starters). A quick 2 outs looked hopeful for the Phillies. But it was not to be (boy, does that feel good to say that about another team). Two singles and a walk loaded the bases for batter Tyler Austin, who cleared the bases with a nice double. And almost as a reflection of the game, the rain just started to douse the field, sending most fans and players alike running for cover (even those covered by ponchos and umbrellas already).
The game was delayed 35 minutes before they called the game. As they have played more than half the game, it was called and finalized at 10-0 Yankees in 6 innings.
Honestly, the Phillies didn’t come to play today, and the Yankees did. It’s always fun to watch a win, but I’d still prefer game with hard-fought competition.
But again, I’ll take a win any day.