The Yankees traveled to Fort Myers Sunday afternoon to endure an 11-0 beating at the hands of a Twins split-squad. The Yankees have now been outscored 20-1 over the last two days and have allowed 32 runs in their last three games. Through the first five games of their exhibition schedule, they have scored just two runs prior to the sixth inning.
L – Brett Gardner (CF)
S – Nick Swisher (DH)
S – Mark Teixeira (1B)
L – Robinson Cano (2B)
R – Marcus Thames (LF)
R – Jamie Hoffmann (RF)
R – Mike Rivera (C)
S – Ramiro Peña (SS)
R – Brandon Laird (3B)
Subs: David Winfree (1B), Kevin Russo (2B), Eduardo Nuñez (SS), Jorge Vazquez (3B), Kyle Higashioka (C), Jon Weber (RF), Greg Golson (CF), Reid Gorecki (LF), Jesus Montero (DH)
Pitchers (IP): Sergio Mitre (3), Chad Gaudin (2), Kei Igawa (1), Ryan Pope (1), D.J. Mitchell (1)
Big Hits: Jesus Montero doubled in his only at-bat. Robinson Cano went 2-for-3. Beyond that, the Yankees scattered six singles, including a bunt single by Brett Gardner, and failed to score.
Who Pitched Well: Sergio Mitre pitched three scoreless innings allowing just three baserunners on a pair of singles and a walk while striking out three. He also hit 93 mph on the gun, which he didn’t do all of last year according to the Star-Ledger’s Marc Carig. The only negative to his outing was that four of his other five outs came in the air rather than on the ground. Ryan Pope pitched a perfect seventh.
Who Didn’t: Well, we needn’t worry about Kei Igawa sneaking up on the Opening Day roster. In his lone inning of work, Igawa gave up five runs on a walk and four hits including a double and a grand slam by Juan Portes, who homered twice in the game. Portes’s other homer came off D.J. Mitchell, who gave up three runs on four hits, including that homer and a double, in the eighth. Chad Gaudin struck out two and only gave up a walk and three hits in his two innings, but all three hits went for extra bases including a double and two solo homers. He was charged with a third run which scored on Igawa’s watch in the sixth.
Oopsies: Gaudin, who had a throwing error in his first start, dropped a flip from Mark Teixeira, which is exactly why Tex takes the ball to the bag himself whenever possible. Ramiro Peña also had a fielding error. Brett Gardner was picked off first base, but the Twins botched the rundown.
Ouchies: Francisco Cervelli seems to be recuperating well from his concussion, though he’ll still have to see the neurologist on Monday. Nick Johnson remains on schedule to play in Monday’s game. Tony Peña is the latest Yankee to come down with the flu
Other: Andy Pettitte threw a simulated game instead of traveling to Fort Myers for his first start.