Now the Yankees can breathe a sigh of relief. They do not need to go through spring training undefeated. The Twins rallied to beat the Yankees, 5-4 yesterday. Ian Kennedy started for the Yankees and pitched decently. In two innings he did not allow a run, gave up one hit, struck out three, and walked one.
Besides Kennedy and Anthony Clagget, who also threw two scoreless, there wasn’t much to say about the Yankees pitching corps.
Eric Hacker, Andrew Brackman, and George Kontos each gave up a run, and Wilkins De La Rosa gave up two. De La Rosa picked up the loss. These runs came in the 6th 7th and 8th innings.
For this, I’m not too worried because we have a good bullpen set up. Like many people who passionately follow the Yankees, we know spring training has little meaning. It’s more geared towards getting the younger players playing time and evaluating talent.
Brett Gardner had another good game. He went two-for-two with a double, a steal, and a run scored. For those of you keeping tabs, Melky Cabrera went 0-3 and stranded runners on base. Nick Swisher and Jorge Posada had two hits apiece. Xavier Nady, Justin Leone, and Cody Ransom each drove in a run.
The Yanks will face the Twins again on Saturday, this time at GMS Field. Joba Chamberlain will start for the Yanks, with Francisco Lirano going for the Twins. Game time is 1:15 p.m. and the game can be seen on YES/WCBS.