Yankees’ Pineda almost perfect in 8-1 win over Rays

first_imgNew York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda throws during the second inning of the baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium, Monday, April 10, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)New York pitcher Michael Pineda retired the first 20 hitters he faced and struck out 11 Monday as the Yankees defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 8-1.Pineda had a sellout crowd at Yankee Stadium on full alert as he powered through the Rays hitters, making effective use of off-speed pitches in an electrifying performance.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite “You kind of know what he’s going to throw for the most part,” Longoria said. “You’re kind of guessing first-pitch fastball, first-pitch slider. Those are the only two that he was executing. I had just guessed slider on that pitch and he made a mistake. It was the one that he had left up.”Pineda threw just 93 total pitches. He gave up one run on two hits in 7 2/3 innings and didn’t walk a batter.His performance, backed by three Yankees home runs, was more than enough.“The biggest thing was my location was really good today,” said Pineda, who first became aware of his no-hit bid after the fourth inning.“Every inning, (I) focused on getting outs quick, hitter by hitter — focused on being aggressive,” added Pineda, who had lasted less than four innings against the Rays at Tampa Bay last week.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. He ended the fifth inning by striking out Logan Morrison, and fans were on their feet when he struck out Tim Beckham to end the sixth.His first really difficult out came when Kevin Kiermaier flied out to left field for the second out of the center, when Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner sprinted toward the line to grab the ball.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“When Gardy caught that ball, that’s the loudest I’ve heard it here in a long time,” said Yankees catcher Austin Romine, who had watched Pineda retire all 20 Rays to that point.Pineda’s bid for a perfect game ended one batter later, when Evan Longoria lined Pineda’s 75th pitch of the night — a first-pitch slider — into left field for a clean double. Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test LATEST STORIES MOST READ Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jazz halt streaking Warriors Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government View commentslast_img read more