Winning streak halted as Igawa returns to form

Scout's take on Pena, Nunez
Fan Confidence Poll: March 23rd, 2009

The Yankees made the hundred mile trip down to Port Charlotte to take on the defending AL champs today, riding the high from a nine game winning streak. Al Aceves took the mound as CC Sabathia threw in a minor league game back in Tampa (more on that later), giving up a run on two hits and walk in two and two-thirds innings. He also hit a batter and threw a wild pitch. Steven Jackson gave up a pair of unearned runs while recording four outs, and Damaso Marte walked a batter in his first spring action with the team. Kei Igawa, who had been pitching like Superman lately, struggled this afternoon, putting eight runners on base (four hits, four walks) in just two and two-thirds innings pitched. He only managed to give up one run however, and struck out four.

The Yanks offense mustered only six hits against a pretty strong sextet of Rays’ arms. Melky Cabrera and Brett Gardner both went 1-for-2, although Gardner was caught stealing and Melky was hit by a pitch and threw a runner out at second. Xavier Nady, Nick Swisher, Cody Ransom and Angel Berroa combined for eleven hitless at-bats. Swisher drew a walk and committed a throwing error at first, Nady threw a runner out at second, and Ransom committed a fielding error at second. The most productive Yankee on the day was Robbie Cano, who went 2-for-3 as the DH. Overall it was a pretty forgettable day.

While the team was busy losing 4-0 to the Rays, the most important news of the day came out of the home base in Tampa. CC Sabathia pitched against a team of minor leaguers, giving up one run on seven hits and walk in five innings. He struck out three and threw 51 of 81 pitches for strikes. Jorge Posada caught him, and he threw out three of the four baserunners that attempted to steal second. After the game he said his shoulder feels 100 and is he’confident in his ability to throw. That is ginormous.

Brett Tomko starts against the Phillies in Clearwater tomorrow afternoon while Chien-Ming Wang will throw in a minor league game. The regular season starts two weeks from Monday. Woo hoo.

Scout's take on Pena, Nunez
Fan Confidence Poll: March 23rd, 2009
  • J.R.

    I wonder if they are starting Tomko to see how long he can go? Get him some major league hitters and see if his numbers are legit.

    This start seems like a major test to see if he can make the team or not.

    After all this isn’t a simple decision and has huge 40 man roster implications.

    • A.D.

      Also perhaps a showcase of Tomko to be able to deal him to a team needing a 5th starter

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        deal him to a team needing a 5th starter


        • Jack

          B-but what about Brad Penny?!?!

  • Matt K

    I loved spring training in February and now I hate it. It is way to long

    • J.R.

      Thank you WBC.

  • John

    WHAT! CC gave up a run and 7 hits to minor leaguers!!!!!! He should have no-hit them! BUST!

    • Stanton Social

      I know youre joking, but Chad Jennings talked to Eric Duncan and apparently CC would cruise and then purposely let up hits, so posada could get practice testing his arm and throwing to 2nd.

      • A.D.

        That is awesome

  • AJ

    I think it’s good for the Yanks to try and see how long Tomko can go. With the way the guy has been pitching, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him as a long reliever/spot starter for the Scranton/W-B Yanks or the main ball club.

    By the way, the Star-Ledger is reporting that Alex Rodriguez dated a “madam” from the prostitute service that former NY Gov. Eliot Spitzer used. And just when we thought A-Rod would get out of the spotlight…

    Read the blurb here:

    • Drew

      Old news bro! That was so Sunday morning.

    • Ben K.

      The Star-Ledger isn’t reporting jackshit. The Daily News broke the story yesterday, and the Star-Ledger is just re-reporting the news. That’s what happens when you fire your entire sports staff.

      Anyway, why is this news? It’s just another example of the New York tabloids going after A-Rod. Where are the stories about Jeter’s prostitutes or Joba’s? If you think A-Rod’s the only professional athlete paying for sex, there’s a bridge about three miles from my apartment that I’d like to sell you.

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Jeter doesn’t pay for prostitutes. They pay for him.

        • Phrancis

          He plans to buy a baseball team with that money, after he his friend MJ.

          • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Obama’s in talks with Jeter right now. The money Jeet’s accumulated from chicks paying him to have sex with them is more than enough to bail out the global economy.

  • A.D.

    Great news on Posada’s shoulder, and the more base runners he can throw out in the spring, the less that look to take advantage once the season starts.

  • Matt

    Apparently CC just bought a home in my hometown. WOO!

  • Bronx Baseball Daily

    Did anyone really think that Igawa wouldn’t return to form?

  • Pingback: Ajax buries Sawx with 8th inning salami | River Avenue Blues