Yankees fall to Marlins, 6-1, to end east coast swing

03/08/2013 5:00 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro
Adam Warren allowed four runs over four innings in his fourth spring start, and the Yankees finished their east coast road trip 0-2 after a 6-1 loss to the Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla., on Friday.

Warren pitched well on the whole, allowing just seven baserunners in those four innings, but the Marlins capitalized on every opportunity they were given; three of the four runs they plated off the righty came on sacrifice flies or groundouts, with Matt Downs’ RBI double in the third accounting for the only run driven in via hit.

The Yankees scored their lone run with two outs in the fourth, as Melky Mesa singled and Thomas Neal followed by an RBI double, but the Marlins got two back in the fifth off Chase Whitley thanks to Christian Yelich’s RBI groundout and an RBI triple by ex-Blue Jays prospect Adeiny Hechevarria, one of the players the Marlins acquired in the blockbuster trade earlier this winter that sent Jose Reyes and several others north to Toronto.

In total, the Yankees got just five hits off five Marlins pitchers, four of which came off starter Nathan Eovaldi; Mesa was the offensive star, going 2-for-4 and scoring the lone run, and Neal (1-for-2, BB, RBI), Eduardo Nunez (1-for-2, BB), and Luke Murton (1-for-1) accounted for the other three hits. Brett Gardner, who was the leadoff hitter and starting DH, was 0-for-2 with a walk, making him 0-for-5 total on the trip after an 11-for-19 start to the spring.

Behind Warren and Whitley, Branden Pinder pitched a perfect sixth, Mark Montgomery allowed just one walk in a scoreless seventh, and Shawn Kelley worked around a pair of hits to toss a scoreless eighth.

With the loss, the Yankees fall to 3-10 in Grapefruit League play, and will return home to face the Braves at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa on Saturday; it will be a bittersweet day for the Bombers, as Mariano Rivera is expected to make his spring debut, but is also expected to announce his pending retirement in a press conference a few hours before first pitch.

That press conference will be telecast live on the YES Network at 10 a.m., and the Yankees-Braves game will follow on YES at 1 p.m.

Follow Lou DiPietro on Twitter: @LouDiPietroYES comments