David Phelps had a solid outing, but the game got away from the Yankees in the sixth inning as they fell to the Twins 7-3 at George M Steinbrenner Field.
David Phelps went four innings giving up two runs on five hits while striking out four and allowing one home run. Phelps was slated to go five innings, but his pitch count of 80 crept on him, leaving him slightly dissatisfied he couldn’t put hitters away in the early-going.
Manny Banuelos had a rough outing, going a third of an inning while giving up four runs on four hits, striking out one and walking two. Fred Lewis relieved Banuelos when Banuelos left the bases loaded, but let three of the inherited runners score.
A bright spot was Dellin Betances who went 1.2 IP of no-hit ball. He struck out two, both on his effective curveball.
The Yankees had three hits in the first inning; a double by Jacoby Ellsbury, an RBI double by Brian Roberts and a single by Mark Teixeira. Those were the only hits the Yankees had all game as they were no-hit for the remaining eight innings by the Twins bullpen.
– Vidal Nuno will take the hill for the Yankees as they face the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium. Nuno has a 4.50 ERA this Spring and he’ll square off against Chris Tilman. First pitch is at 1:05 p.m. and will air on MLB.TV and the MLB Network.
The Yankees will ALSO square off against the Miami Marlins at Rod Crew Stadium in Panama City. Adam Warren will get the start for the Yankees and Brand Hand will get the ball for the Marlins. First pitch is at 9:05 p.m.