Dispatches from Port Charlotte
While most of the beat was watching the battery of CC and Jorge in Tampa, we must offer thanks to Mike Margolis of the media relations department, for these notes from today’s 5-0 Yankees loss to the Rays at Port Charlotte
The Yankees nine-game winning streak was snapped. It was their longest spring winning streak since March 14-21, 2002 (also nine games).
In the seventh, Kei Igawa allowed his first earned run of the spring, walking in a run with the bases loaded. It snaps a streak of 9.2 scoreless IP vs. Major League teams and 12.2 IP in all games (including 3.0 scoreless IP on 3/5 vs. Team Canada).
Robinson Cano (2-for-3) was the only Yankee to record multiple hits. Austin Jackson (1-for-1) hit an eighth-inning triple, marking the Yanks’ only extra-base hit of the day.
Damaso Marte pitched the fifth inning around a walk. He told Mike: “I felt good out there today. I felt I had good command.”
Looks like the Triple-A catching tandem is set: Kevin Cash and now Chris Stewart, he of the three-day stint with the Yankees in ’08. Though we’ve said it before and it applies here — if either of them wears pinstripes for a long period of time in ’09, that means Posada and Jose Molina aren’t. And that means very bad things.
Got one more story to hammer out for the overnight and then it’s back to business on Monday with an early-morning drive across the causeway to see the Phillies in Clearwater. If you’re keeping score, the finish line is in sight. The Yankees have four road games remaining this spring — Phillies, Braves, Blue Jays and Reds.