The New York Yankees transferred the Subway Series to the warmer Florida weather with a visit to the New York Mets.
After going down in order against Matt Harvey, CC Sabathia attempted to match him with zeroes but the first batter put an end to that. With a deep fly ball to center field, Juan Lagares made Jose Pirela make the deep run and the resulting crash into the wall would prove to hurt the Yankees in more ways than one. Not only did the Mets start their half of the inning with an inside-the-park home run, versatile infielder and outfielder Pirela would go down with an injury that would force him out of today’s game in the first inning. More importantly, with just over two weeks left of spring training, Pirela could be doubtful for the Opening Day roster.
To continue the first inning, Sabathia would get his first two outs following the home run but a home run of the traditional variety came off the bat of Lucas Duda, putting the Mets ahead by two runs after just one inning.
Mark Teixeira would get the Yankees first hit of the game in the second inning and would also steal a base but he would be stranded on second base.
In the third inning, Juan Lagares would get on base with an infield single and David Wright would get CC Sabathia for the third home run of the game. The two-run home run went to right field and put the Mets ahead by four.
In 2 2/3 innings, CC Sabathia allowed four runs on five hits, including three home runs, while striking out four and walking none. Despite location mistakes, Sabathia did see a consistency in his velocity touching 92 MPH.
Over the course of today’s game, the Yankees could not get out of their own way, hitting into three double plays today. The Mets would tack on additional runs in the eighth inning with a solo home run off of Chasen Shreve and a run-scoring double by Ruben Tejada. Worth noting, the two right-handed batters hit successfully against the left-handed Shreve. In a positive note, Scott Baker came in, still competing for the fifth starting pitcher’s slot in the rotation, and provided 4 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit while striking out two.