Yankees takeaways from Thursday’s game against the Pirates, including Clarke Schmidt’s five perfect innings

New York Yankees starting pitcher Clarke Schmidt (86) throws a pitch against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first inning at George M. Steinbrenner Field

New York Yankees starting pitcher Clarke Schmidt (86) throws a pitch against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first inning at George M. Steinbrenner Field/Kim Klement – USA TODAY Sports

The Yankees lost 6-9 to the Pittsburgh Pirates in Thursday night’s spring training game.

Here are some key takeaways…

Clark Smith got the start and only needed five pitches to pitch a 1-2-3 first inning. Schmidt cruised through the second, sending the Pirates down in a row with two groundouts and a strikeout. He opened the third with a strikeout and then got back-to-back groundouts to continue his perfect outing.

Schmidt came back to throw the fourth and knocked out the side. He continued it in the fifth, hitting two straights and then getting a groundout for another 1-2-3 inning.

The right-hander ended after five perfect innings when he hit seven over 50 pitches (36 strikes).

DJ LeMahieu led with a single from the bottom of the first and went on to score Aaron Richter‘s double in the middle while the reigning MVP moved up to third place due to a throwing error by Pirates SS Oneil Cruz. Gian Carlo Stanton drove Judge to 2:0 after a groundout.

LeMahieu doubled with an out in the fifth and after one Anthony Rizzo on foot, Stanton drove both in with a single to center, plus the help of a field error that allowed him to reach second base. Josh Donaldson He then doubled to the left as Stanton scored and the Yanks took a 5-0 lead.

Jimmy Cordero replaced Schmidt on the mound at the top of the sixth and allowed a leadoff double against the former Yankee Miguel Andujar. Cordero then allowed Cruz a two-out double as the Pirates got on the board 5-1.

Wandy Peralta came in to set up the seventh, and trailed a single and then a double-barreled homer Drew Maggi, as the Pirates were trailing 5-3. Peralta dropped another single and was drawn Albert Abreuwho recorded two quick outs before giving up an RBI single and an RBI double that tied the game at 5-5.

Demarcus Evans replaced Abreu with an out in eighth and dropped three straight singles as the Pirates took a 6-5 lead. Andujar then doubled to drive in another run and put Pittsburgh ahead 7-5. After recording a strikeout, Evans allowed a two-run double that cost the Pirates four runs. James Norwood came in to take the final out of the inning.

Oswaldo Cabrera went 0-for-2 with a walk and was caught stealing second when he saw time in CF and at third base. During prospect Oswald Peraza went 1-for-2 with a walk and Jason Dominguez went 1-on-1 with an eight-inning double.

What’s next

The Yankees meet the Detroit Tigers on the street at 1:05 p.m. Friday


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