The Yankees’ road lineup beat up on ex-Phillie Brett Myers, but Alfredo Aceves and Mark Melancon, in their first poor outings of the spring, were unable to make the early 4-0 lead stand up and the Astros won 8-6.
L – Brett Gardner (CF)
L – Nick Johnson (DH)
S – Mark Teixeira (1B)
R – Alex Rodriguez (3B)
L – Robinson Cano (2B)
R – Marcus Thames (LF)
L – Jon Weber (RF)
S – Ramiro Peña (SS)
R – Mike Rivera (C)
Subs: David Winfree (1B), Eduardo Nuñez (2B), Kevin Russo (2B-SS), Jorge Vazquez (3B), Reegie Corona (3B), Francisco Cervelli (C), Reid Gorecki (RF), Greg Golson (CF), Colin Curtis (LF), Jamie Hoffmann (DH)
Pitchers (IP): Alfredo Aceves (4 1/3), Mark Melancon (2/3), Boone Logan (1), Dustin Moseley (2)
Big Hits: A solo home run by Robinson Cano (1-for-3). Triples by Brett Gardner (2-for-3, the other hit being a bunt single on the first pitch of the game; Gardner is suddenly hitting .281/.361/.406 on the spring) and Reid Gorecki (1-for-2). A pair of doubles by Alex Rodriguez (2-for-3), and two-baggers by Ramiro Peña (1-for-3), Mike Rivera (1-for-3), and Jorge Vazquez (2-for-2). Nick Johnson (0-for-1) walked twice in three trips.
Who Pitched Well: Boone Logan worked around a single (by the only lefty he faced) for a scoreless sixth. His ERA is a tidy 2.57 this spring, but with an option remaining and Sergio Mitre pitching well, he still seems like a long-shot to make the 25-man roster.
Who Didn’t: Save for a solo homer allowed his last time out, Alfredo Aceves had been dominating all spring, but after some loud outs in his first three innings on Saturday, balls started dropping in his last two. He allowed two runs in the fourth, then bequeathing three runners to Mark Melancon with one out in the fifth. Melancon let all three score, putting a five-spot on Aceves’s line to go with five hits (two doubles, three singles), a walk, and a hit batsman. Melancon then allowed a run of his own to score, though he allowed just two hits (one a Hunter Pence double) and walked none. Dustin Moseley let the Astros pile on by giving up a pair of runs in the ninth on a two-run jack by Cory Sullivan, a member of my personal Reggie Cleveland All-Star team (another thing to blame on Corey Patterson).
Oopsies: Kevin Russo made a throwing error, which likely hurts his chances of unseating Ramiro Peña as the utility infielder as it emphasizes the defensive gap between the two. Brett Gardner was picked off first base by catcher Humberto Quintero after his bunt single. Said Girardi of the latter, “I would rather see him find out what he can get now, and be more aggressive now. Then we can tone it back as opposed to being passive.”
Ouchies: Curtis Granderson‘s right hand felt fine a day after it was grazed by a pitch.