Spring training games six and seven: Two losses

Home Game: Blue Jays 1, Yankees 0 A good thing about the game: the pitching. David Phelps started and looked strong. He lasted three innings, gave up two hits, one walk and he struck out one batter. Phelps will be a key piece to the Yankees' pitching staff in 2013. Another key piece will be David Aardsma, especially if he can stay healthy. Aardsma pitched one inning and he didn't allow a hit, he didn't surrender a walk and he struck out one batter. The lone run of the game came off Chase Whitley, a solo shot by Andy LaRoche.

A bad thing about the game: Marty Foster. He threw Chris Stewart out of the game after a bad call at first. Really dude? It's February 28, calm down.

Brett Gardner, Mark TeixeiraIchiro Suzuki, Ronnier Mustelier and Jose Pirela all had a hit apiece in the game. Juan Rivera finished with two.

Away Game: Houston 7, Yankees 6

Welp, the Yankees actually had a 5-1 lead in this game and gave it all up in the next half inning. How typical... Oh I'm kidding. I don't get stressed about Spring Training games and I certainly don't get stressed over games in which Shane Greene is the pitcher who was victimized by the opposing team.

Brett Marshall had a nice outing. He pitched three innings and he gave up one hit, didn't surrender a walk and he struck out three batters.

Some good stuff from the game in Kissimmee:

  • Zoilo Almonte and Matt Diaz both hit RBI singles.
  • Melky Mesa hit a home run.
  • The game was 3:11 long which is a good thing because Joe West was on the umpiring crew and we know how he doesn't like long games.

The Yankees will be facing the Phillies tomorrow afternoon at Steinbrenner Field at 1:05 p.m. The game will be on the YES Network. And in case you want to see the good stuff from this afternoon's Yanks/Astros game, MLB Network is showing it later tonight at 2 a.m.