Freddy Garcia didn’t pitch badly, but got a bruised hand for his troubles, and prospect Manny Banuelos was roughed up as the Yanks lost to Toronto in spring training game #13, 7-5. The loss drops the Yanks’ Grapefruit League record to 5-8.
Garcia went 3+ innings, giving up 2 runs, 4 hits, 1 walk, and getting one K. He gave up a HR to Edwin Encarnacion in the second. Encarnacion led off the 4th by lining one back off Garcia’s bare hand. It was said that Garcia suffered a bruise, and went for x-rays.
Cory Wade came on and finished the 4th, but not before giving up a two-run HR to J. P. Arencibia. That HR put Toronto up 3-1. Earlier, an RBI double by Granderson had tied the game in the third.
Wade’s line: 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K.
Banuelos was roughed up in the fifth. Walk, K, Flyout…ok, not bad, but then another walk, a 3-run HR by that man, Encarnacion, again, then a triple and single. 7-1 Toronto. He finally got a groundout to end the inning.
1 Ip, 4 R, 3 H, 2 walks, 1 K.
The Yanks got four in the sixth, on a two-run double by Doug Bernier and a two-run single by DeWayne Wise to make it 7-5. That is how it ended.
D.J. Mitchell pitched three scoreless, hitless innings, walking no one and striking out four.
For those of you who wanted Damon over Ibanez, you may be right. Ibanez is down to .083 so far this spring, and NY Post writer Joel Sherman states that he hasn’ t seen Ibanez hit a ball hard all spring. Um, Damon is still out there. Keep swinging in the cage, Johnny. If Ibanez is still lousy in May, maybe you’ll get a call?
Meanwhile, Jon Heyman of CBS chips in on the Pineda talk—that he showed up in camp overweight and his fastball is far below what it should be.
Hopefully x-rays are negative on Garcia.
As for the offense, Granderson and Wise each had two hits.
Tomorrow the Yanks will face the Nats. Starting for the Nats is our old buddy, Chien Ming Wang.
UPDATE: X-Rays on Garcia negative, thankfully.