In his final start at Yankee Stadium this afternoon, starter Andy Pettitte went seven innings, holding the Giants to just two runs on two hits and a walk while striking out six. The lefty is scheduled to make one final start against his former team in Houston on Saturday.
As good as Pettitte was, though, it wasn’t enough. Giants starter Yusmeiro Petit continued his recent run of solid pitching, allowing one run on six hits and two walks while striking out seven in six and one-third innings of work. The Yankees’ lone run came on a Mark Reynolds solo home run in the third inning. Giants relievers Javier Lopez, Santiago Casilla, and Sergio Romo kept the Yankees off the board to wrap up the 2-1 victory. Romo logs save number 36 of the season.
Though the Yankees aren’t mathematically eliminated from the AL Wild Card race, they are playing for pride now as they’re four games behind the second Wild Card and would need to leap over both the Rangers and the Royals while holding off the Orioles as well.
Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.
The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.
Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.
Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.
Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.
Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.