There are few times that when a member of the opposition does well, it’s a good thing for YOUR team.
Today was one of those rare times. The Yanks lost 8-2 to the Dominican Republic WBC team today, but a couple of players playing for that D.R. team were Yankees.
Robbie Cano played for the D.R. team, and went 1 for 3 with an RBI.
More importantly, Vidal Nuno continued his remarkable ascent. The 25-year-old lefty, who came out of nowhere to have a good year at AA Trenton last year, started for the D.R. team, and threw four scoreless, hitless innings against the Yanks. He is sure making a name for himself to possibly be one of the first (if not the first) pitcher called up if the Yanks need a starter or long man in the mid-season (if he continues to do this at AAA).
Besides giving up no hits or runs in his four innings of work, Nuno walked one and struck out four.
In order for the Dominican team not to burn arms before the World Baseball Classic, the Yanks “loaned” some arms to the D.R. team today. Nuno was one of them.
Another was Juan Cedeno, who threw a scoreless inning. Another was Josh Spence who also threw a scoreless inning.
As for Nuno, in 9 innings this spring, he’s given up 1 R on 2 hits, 3 walks and 13 K. If that doesn’t impress the coaches, what will?
As for the Yankees team, they only got two hits. Zoilo Almonte accounted for their two runs with a HR. Dan Johnson had trouble at third, making two errors.
Hiroki Kuroda started and did well, 3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 4 K. Cody Eppley gave up a run in 1 IP. Clay Rapada only lasted 1/3 IP, giving up a run. Jim Miller gave up 3 runs in 1 1/3 IP. Tom Kahnle gave up an unearned run in 1 1/3. Preston Claiborne gave up an unearned run in 1 IP, and Chase Whitley gave up a run in his inning of work.
But good work today by the still surprising Nuno along with Kuroda.