The Yankees got back to their winning ways Tuesday with a 7-1 win over the visiting Cincinnati Reds. Joba Chamberlain got the start today, and unlike his last start, he was in control of his pitches. Joba pitched a total of three innings, throwing 29 pitches (20 strikes) while striking out three and allowing no walks. He did allow one run to score and allowed a total of three hits.
Phil Coke took over in relief and pitched two scoreless innings, demonstrating why he was a Double-A all-star last season. The lefty allowed three hits, while striking out three. Kei Igawa also got two innings and was perfect, not allowing a single man on base and picking up 2 K’s.
Overall the pitching staff was very dominating – allowing only 6 hits, one run and stacking up a total of 12 strikeouts.
The Yankees continued their theme of dominance at the plate, creating 14 hits to generate 7 runs. The Yanks got on the board in the second with back-to-back doubles by Hideki Matsui and Cody Ransom. Bret Gardner, who is now 13-26 this spring, threw in a RBI single in the third.
The Yanks also scored off of a HR by Juan Miranda in the fourth, as well as a three-run shot by Shelley Duncan in the seventh.
The Yankees travel to the Detroit Tigers spring training home Wednesday for an afternoon game against the Tigers. This will be the second spring training meeting between the two teams. CC Sabathia is scheduled to start and go three or so innings.