Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Yankees 4, Pirates 2: A sour 16


TAMPA - It's over here in Tampa, where the Yankees beat the Pirates 4-2.
The Pirates struck out 16 times, and whiffed seven times against Yankees starter Bartolo Colon, who threw four innings and earned his first win of the spring.
"Worried wouldn't be appropriate word," manager Clint Hurdle said. "I think the one thing you've got to look at is how you're getting to two strikes, and I think we're getting balls to hit early in the count that we're not getting on. Nobody likes to strike out 16 times. You have the two fly balls, and that's 18 soft outs out of 27. It's tough to generate offense.
"That's the challenge in front of our guys, it's been presented to them since the beginning of spring training and conversations had over the winter. So it's something they've got to continue to work at."
The Pirates will try to make better contact Thursday against the Baltimore Orioles, who head to McKechnie Field for Bradenton's lone night game of the spring.
First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m., and the gates open at 5. A fireworks display will begin immediately after the final out.
Thanks for hanging with me tonight, folks! This is John Lembo, signing off live from George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, and urging you to check out my blog, Prep Rally, and my story on Bayshore grad and Yankees hurler, Ryan Pope.

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