Phelps solid, Banuelos struggles as Yanks fall 7-3 to Twins

New York Yankees relief pitcher David Phelps

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.

What’s Next?

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.

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4 Responses to Phelps solid, Banuelos struggles as Yanks fall 7-3 to Twins

  1. mikefoxtrot says:

    Phelps, should he not get traded, is going to be very effective out of the pen.

  2. Yankees fan says:

    I agree Phelps could be good as a starter or out of the bull pin if they need to trade someone don't make it Phelps.

  3. Michael R says:

    One thing is for sure it won't be Manny out of the pen anytime soon.

    • Mike Sommer says:

      Banuelos pitched in only 24 innings in 2012 and none last year after having had Tommy John surgery in 2012. He's never pitched in more than 129.2 innings in a season (2011). At 23, he needs a full year—or TWO—at AAA. He has just 13 AAA games under his belt.