TAMPA, FL - Both J.R. Murphy and Kelvin DeLeon focused solely on their hitting, taking a
break from playing the field and seemingly forming a potent middle of the order
combination in this extended spring training match up with the Pittsburgh
Pirates. The game ran an abbreviated 7 innings, with the Pirates putting
together a few very long innings at the dish.
EST Yankees Starting Lineup
1. Francisco Santana, RF
2. Kevin Mahoney, 3B
3. J.R. Murphy, DH
4. Kelvin DeLeon, DH
5. Carlos Urena, 1B
6. Jeff Farnham, C
7. Jose Toussen, SS
8. Justin Milo, LF
9. Isaiah Brown, CF
10. Luis Perache, 2B
Leading-off and playing right field, Francisco Santana went 1-3 with a single
flipped for a base hit into right. Santana nearly made an outstanding play in
the 3rd inning. The ball was dumped into short right and Santana, playing deep,
came in with the basket catch with the ball bouncing in and out of his glove. He
was able to recover and hold the runner to a single.
Neither Murphy or DeLeon were able to produce much offense, with Murphy going
0-3 with a called strikeout, a line out to shortstop, and a weak fly out to
short center. DeLeon performed similarly, going 0-2 with a fly out and an ugly
attempted check swing resulting in a strikeout. Between his two outs, however,
DeLeon recorded an RBI by hammering a pitch to the warning track to score
Mahoney for the only Yankee run of the game. The pitch was well hit, as DeLeon
missed the two-run home run by a foot.
Kevin Mahoney accounted for the only Yankee run in the ball game, managing to
scrap his way aboard with a bunt down the third base line. The third baseman
charged it and overthrew to first base, advancing Mahoney over to second base. Mahoney
would have been out fairly easily on the play were the throw to have been on
target. He would score on the DeLeon sacrifice fly. Otherwise, Mahoney struck
out swinging and grounded out.
Hitting behind DeLeon, the powerful first baseman Carlos Urena took several
monstrous cuts with a few near home runs, ultimately going 0-3 on the stat card.
In his first two at bats, Urena took the ball to the warning track, just barely
missing the long ball in both cases. In his final at bat, Urena lined out
sharply to the second baseman on a well hit ball. Certainly, a bit of an unlucky
day for the 6' 1" first baseman.
Jeff Farnham did the catching Saturday and had some difficulties on his throws.
Twice, he threw the ball away attempting to rob a base stealer of a stolen base.
He did, in the top of the 4th, nail a runner attempting to swipe second base. He
also had one passed ball to his credit. At the plate, Farnham went 1-2 with a
single right up the middle and a ground out.
Jose Toussen, the shortstop, had his own share of problems in the field. Toussen
committed two errors, one on a bobbled pickup of an easy ground out, and one on
an overthrow to the first baseman Urena. Like Farnham, Toussen did go 1-2 with a
single to right center and an infield pop-up.
The bottom of the lineup couldn't muster much in the way of offense, with Milo,
Brown, and Parache all going 0-2 with a spattering of fly outs and ground outs
Shane Greene [3 IP, 4 K, 1 BB] worked effectively through 3 innings of work,
giving up one earned run with 4 strikeouts. His defense struggled behind him,
with Jose Toussen unable to record an out to begin the top of the 3rd. On the
heels of the error, Santana came in to nearly make his great catch, putting
runners at 1st and 3rd with no one out. Green showed poise by coming back with a
strikeout for the first out before surrendering the first run of the game on a
single right up the middle, passed the diving Toussen. Farnham threw out the
following runner before Green ended his outing with another swinging punch out
for the third out.
Francisco Gil [2 IP, 3 K, WP] threw two innings, struggling mightily in his
first inning of duty. In the top of the 4th, Francisco began the inning well,
inducing an easy ground out which was fumbled by the shortstop. Seemingly
shaken, Francisco gave up six consecutive base hits, capping the performance
with a wild pitch to plate 6 Pittsburgh runs. Francisco struck out a batter and
the inning was called, ending early with just the 1 out. Gil came back in
the top of the 5th much stronger. He induced a ground out to the third baseman,
recorded a 1-3 putout on an attempt for a bunt single, and struck out the final
Juan Marcano [2 IP, 3 K, 1 BB] came in for the final two innings of the 7 inning
game, recording 3 strikeouts against 1 walk, with no runs. He also induced a
ground out and two lazy fly outs. He looked to be locating his pitches fairly
well and the Pittsburgh hitters were looking somewhat over-matched, whiffing
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