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Kluber and Cessa Struggle as Yankees fall to Phillies 6-2

Corey Kluber pitchers on Saturday March 13. Photo provided by New York Yankees. All Rights Reserved.

Kluber and Cessa Struggle as Yankees fall to Phillies 6-2

Corey Kluber and Luis Cessa both struggled on the mound Sunday and the Yankees offense faltered as the Yankees dropped Saturday’s matchup with the Phillies 6-2 on the eve of the final spring training game of the season. Wheeler (2-2) took the winn for the Phillies, while Kluber (1-1) took the loss for the Yankees.

Kluber struggles

Corey Kluber struggled on the mound in his final spring training appearance, throwing 73 pitches, just 39 for strikes over the course of 3.1 innings pitched. Over the course of those 3.1 innings he allowed three hits, two earned runs, four walks and struck out five. His ERA through his final start of spring is 2.77.

According to David Adler of MLB, the last nine curveballs that Kluber threw were all balls. Three missed close, while the others were inside or in the dirt. The curveball is said to be Kluber’s signature pitch, so you can expect he will work on correcting his mechanics prior to his first regular season start.

The third inning is when it all unraveled for Kluber as he was inconsistent with his command, walked two batters, hit a batter, allowed two singles and a sacrifice fly before being subbed by Brooks Kriske.

Kluber finishes the spring with this final line:

13 IP, 5 R (2.77 ERA), 10 H, 7 BB, 14 K

Overall, it was a solid first spring with the Yankees for Kluber. Today’s outing was rocky, but Kluber will get back to work before his next outing when it counts for real.

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Middle of the Bullpen Succeeds

The middle of the Yankees bullpen looked strong and solid on Sunday. Brooks Kriske, Nick Nelson, and Aroldis Chapman all pitched hitless innings. Nelson and Chapman each struck out one.

Luis Cessa Gets Rocked

Yankees reliever Luis Cessa got rocked in his one-inning outing. Cessa gave up three earned runs on four hits. He did not walk anyone and he struck out two. Cessa has an 8.71 ERA this spring.

Luis Medina followed Cessa.He threw one inning, giving up one run on one hit, one walk and did not have any strikeouts. Medina has a 10.80 ERA through spring.

Yankees Offense Goes Down Quiet

The Yankees offense was quiet on Sunday, collecting just two runs and seven hits. Bruce, Estrada, Frazier, LaMarre, Wells, and Wade (2) each had hits on Sunday. Estrada an RBI and run scored on a ninth inning home run off of Kintzler. LaMarre’s RBI coming off a sac-fly that scored Frazier in the fifth.

That was all the offense would produce as Blue Jays out hit the Yankees 9-7 and out-scored them 6-2 to defeat the Yankees the clubs’ final matchup of spring.

On Deck:

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The Yankees will return to George M. Steinbrenner Field on Monday to close out spring training against the Detroit Tigers. It will be Domingo German (0-0, 0.00) taking on Jose Urena of the Tigers.

This matchup between the Tigers and Yankees will close out spring training in Tampa before the equipment truck arrives and the Yankees head back to New York to begin the regular season and the Tampa Tarpons take over in May at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

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