I don’t care if you ARE running out minor league players. Five errors in a game is completely unacceptable (Nik Turley, Corban Joseph, Jose Pirela, Walt Ibarra and MAJOR LEAGUER Jayson Nix).
Nik Turley started and was pathetic. Now Turley had a good year last year between High A (most of the year) and AA (one start, a win), going 10-5, 3.00 in 22 starts and 2 relief appearances. He K’d 117 in 117 IP.
But good God almighty was he awful today.
He got only one man out. 1/3 IP, 5 R, 4 ER on 3 H. He walked one, made an error and threw two wild pitches. I don’t know how you can get worse than that. The only plus was that the only out he recorded was a K.
Cody Eppley replaced him. He gave up 2 runs in 1 1/3 IP. Matt Daley came in, walked a batter and got an out. Lefty Francisco Rondon helped his cause with 2 scoreless IP. Tom Kahnle and Mark Montgomery each threw a scoreless IP. Josh Spence gave up 3 runs, all unearned, in his inning of work. Preston Claiborne and Ryan Pope each threw a scoreless inning.
Ok, we haven’t seen CC, Kuroda, Andy, Mo, Hughes or Nova yet. Nor have we seen Rapada, Aardsma or Logan.
But five errors and that performance by Turley were still pathetic. The Yanks were down 7-0 after 1 1/2 in a game they’d lose 10-7. It dropped their spring record to 1-4.
Brett Gardner had a triple and 3 RBI. Kyle Roller had 2 RBI. Chris Stewart 1 for 2 with an RBI, Cervelli 1 for 2.
It’s one thing to lose with minor leaguers who play the game crisply. It’s another thing to lose with ANYONE who plays sloppily.
Other news: This one hurts. ESPN reports that Phil Hughes, because of the bulging disk in his back, may NOT be ready for Opening Day. We’ve seen too many injuries (or people coming off injuries) to make us feel optimistic so far.
The Yanks are taking things slow with Kevin Youkilis, who reported a cramp above his hip (oblique) the other day.