Spring Game 6: HOU vs. NYY — The pitch-off, Spring debuts sort of flounder

It was a quick little game today in Tampa with the Astros and Yankees getting into a bit of a pitch-off for most of their 2 1/2 hour game. I wouldn’t exactly call it a “pitching duel”, per se. The batters were hitting; they just weren’t scoring any runs.

The Yankees sent up some of their better pitchers to get a work out today. Michael Pineda got his Spring start today for the first 2 innings, getting 3 nice strikeouts despite the 2 allowed hits. Luis Severino went 3 innings, giving up his own 2 hits and getting 3 strikeouts.

And then it was onto the back-end of the bullpen with Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances making their Spring debuts for an inning a piece. Neither came up solidly clean, a little rusty at best. Miller gave up a walk and a hit, but kept the Astros from doing much damage. Betances gave up back-to-back doubles that scored the lone run of the game and thus collected the loss for today’s game.

Finishing off the pitching day were Pestano and Lindgren, though neither was exceptionally sharp, no further runs we added under their watch. With a lone exception (and the run scored by the Astros), the two teams were pretty evenly matched, each earning 7 hits and a walk. The Yankee pitchers did slightly better in the strikeout area, getting 10 total to Houston’s 5.

Final score: 1-0 Astros.

“One to watch”: Despite the actual time on the clock, it was a rather slow-paced game. Perhaps it was a combination of factors — the sun, the lack of runs scored, or the rusty pitching at times. In fact, I was watching the last two innings of the game wondering who I could possibly pick for this category as there had yet to be any standout player, even among the regular guys. And suddenly, just as I was talking about this at the game, Tyler Wade helps with a few snazzy infield defensive plays and hits one of the strong singles in the 9th inning to give the Yankees some (misplaced) hope. So Wade it would be. He’s made a few Spring appearances already, but he made a bit of show today on both ends (defense and offense), so today is his day here.

Also, CC Sabathia shared his personal story about his addiction, his treatment, his recovery, and his new chapter. Sabathia’s openness should stand as an encouragement to anyone who recognizes their own problem and not be afraid to ask for help. If you need help, tell someone, get help, and don’t give up until you find the other side of addiction. There is always hope. Our best wishes to the entire Sabathia family as they enjoy this new chapter of CC’s sobriety and rediscovering the joy of family once again. We look forward to Sabathia’s return to baseball, but mostly, we are so glad he is returning to just being CC.

Go Yankees!

{Media note: No broadcast, no media clips… not that there was much to show off today anyway.}


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