Well, it was bound to happen eventually, but the Yankees got absolutely shut down on Monday afternoon’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The squad managed just 1 run on 5 hits while giving up 13 runs on 13 hits to the Pirates, and committed 2 errors to boot. Both errors came from 3B Miguel Andujar. Andujar is one of the team’s better prospects, but it’s mainly because of his bat. We’ve known that he has a ways to go on defense before his major league ready, and this game just proved it.
To make matters even more bleak than it already is, the sole RBI honors go to Jacoby Ellsbury, who drove in the only run on an fielding error.
RHP Bryan Mitchell took the mound to start the game. He had a fine first inning, but ran into some trouble in the second and third, getting tagged for hit after hit after hit. He finished the day with 2.1 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, and 2 K, while allowing a solo home run. Rough outing for Mitchell, who’s otherwise looked pretty good this spring.
Maybe the biggest positive takeaway from the game was LHP Jon Niese’s performance in his one inning of work. He didn’t do anything remarkable, but he didn’t do anything horrible either, allowing 0 H and 0 BB while striking out none. It was Niese’s first outing of the spring. His role on the team is still pretty much up in the air, and it’s unclear whether he’ll start the season in the majors or in AAA.
Things were at least manageably rough when Niese came in and worked his inning, but the reins really came off in the 7th when LHP Evan Rutckyj came in. He ended up allowing 3 H and 2 BB, which resulted in 6 R (4 ER), without recording a single out. Ouch. Rough day on both sides of the ball.
Here are some other lines of note:
LF Brett Gardner: 0-3, 1 R
2B Starlin Castro: 1-3, 2 K
1B Greg Bird: 0-3, 1 K
DH Aaron Judge: 1-3, 1 K
RF Aaron Hicks: 1-2, 1 BB, 1 double
C Austin Romine: 1-3
SS Gleyber Torres: 0-1, 1 K
RHP J.P. Feyereisen: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 2 BB, 1 K
LHP Jordan Montgomery: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 B, 2 ER
Today the Yankees take on the Tampa Bay Rays. The game starts at 1:05 p.m. EST and will be televised on YES.