The Yankees took the long trip to Sarasota for a game they'd probably rather forget, a 12-8 loss to the Reds that wasn't nearly that close.
L - Johnny Damon (DH)
R - Jose Molina (C)
L - Bobby Abreu (RF)
L - Jason Giambi (1B)
S - Wilson Betemit (2B)
R - Austin Jackson (LF)
L - Brett Gardner (CF)
R - Chris Woodward (3B)
R - Alberto Gonzalez (SS)
Pitchers: Chien-Ming Wang, Scott Patterson, Kyle Farnsworth, Darrell Rasner, Sean Henn, Dan Giese, Billy Traber, Steven Jackson
Subs: Morgan Ensberg (1B), Bernie Castro (2B), Cody Ransom (SS), Nick Green (3B), Francisco Cervelli (C), Jose Tabata (RF), Justin Christian (CF), Greg Porter (LF), Juan Miranda (DH)
Opposition: The Reds starters minus Brandon Phillips and their ace pitcher Aaron Harang.
Big Hits: A grand slam by Greg Porter off Alexander Smit in his only at-bat. A solo homer by Bobby Abreu (1 for 3), and doubles by Johnny Damon (2 for 3) and Chris Woodward (1 for 3). Hitting ahead of Porter's salami, Morgan Ensberg (1 for 1) hit a would-be double to center but was held to a single by Jose Tabata's baserunning.
Who Pitched Well: Scott Patterson, Dan Giese, and Billy Traber were all perfect, Giese and Traber for an inning each, Patterson for an inning and a third. Patterson and Traber each struck out one, Giese got all three outs on the ground. KyleFarnsworth faced the minimum as Joey Votto, whom he walked, was caught stealing by Molina. He struck out one.
Who Didn't: Chien-Ming Wang was decimated. He lasted just two-thirds of an inning and gave up six runs on six hits (five singles and a double by NRI second baseman Andy Green) and two walks. The only two outs he got came in the air (one of them a sac fly). Wang later said he was overthrowing and overstriding leaving his sinkers up. After throwing 32 pitches in the game, Wang threw about 20 more in the bullpen while working on correcting what went wrong in the game. Darrell Rasner allowed a single, walked three, and gave up a grand slam to Edwin Encarnacion. He got five of his six outs on the ground, but struck out no one. Sean Henn struck out two in his one inning of work, but also gave up three hits and two runs (though one was unearned). The game officially ended with the hosting Reds up 12-8, but Joe Girardi asked them to play the bottom of the ninth so that Steven Jackson could get an inning of work. Jackson got only one run before allowing four runs and having his manager throw in the towel.
Oopsies: A boot by Woodward and a bad throw by Nick Green.