The powerful Yankees’ lineup terrorized Matt Morris last night, scoring eight runs on 13 hits in his four innings. Aided by a shaky Yankee defense, the Pirates fought back and took a 9-8 lead. But Byung-Hyun Kim’s struggles continued, as he allowed four runs and two home runs in the eighth inning. That gave the Yankees their 12-9 victory.
Nate McLouth continued to rake, going 2 for 3 with a double and a home run. He also made a nice defensive play in center field. He is now hitting .359/.444/.718 on the spring. Nyjer Morgan is hitting .227/.300/.250 and has only one extra base hit. If there was ever an actual centerfield competition, it should be over now.
By the way, if we see Morgan in center and McLouth in a corner outfield spot with any consistency, while Steve Pearce is wasting away in Triple-A, I am going to be quite upset.
Freddy Sanchez appeared in the field for the first time this spring. He played five innings at second base before being replaced by Josh Wilson. He will not play in today’s game.
The Pirates will face the Phillies in Clearwater today at 1:05. Ian Snell will make his fifth start of the spring, with Evan Meek, Jaret Wright and Franquelis Osoria also scheduled to appear.