Yankees bats, bullpen break out in 9-3 win over NationalsMatt Holliday homered, Chad Green pitched 3 1/3 scoreless frames
Coming off five perfect innings last Wednesday, Pineda retired the side in order in the first inning against Washington, but allowed two walks and an RBI single to the first three batters in the second. He then got Stephen Drew to fly out and fanned Jose Lobaton swinging before departing with two outs, but J.R. Graham allowed a two-run double to Adam Lind that tacked two more runs onto Big Mike's ledger.
From there, though, Yankees pitching bent but did not break, and the offense more than helped them carry the load. New York actually had a 4-0 lead already going into the bottom of the second, as in the top of that frame, Rob Refsnyder had opened the scoring with an RBI double, Ronald Torreyes rapped an RBI single to make it 2-0, and Brett Gardner doubled the lead with a two-run single.
The Yankees then got two back in the fifth on Matt Holliday's two-run homer, and in the eighth, Gleyber Torres' two-run double made it 8-3 before Dustin Fowler's sacrifice fly capped the scoring.
Overall offensively, the Yankees had 15 hits, with every starter getting at least one. Greg Bird (2-for-3, run) and reserve Billy McKinney (2-for-2, run) had multi-hit games, and Torres' double upped his spring average to .464.
On the mound, Pineda was charged with three runs on one hit and two walks in 1 2/3 innings. Graham relieved, and although he allowed Lind's double, a Trea Turner single, and a walk to Jayson Werth to re-load the bases, he got Bryce Harper to ground out to end the threat and then worked around a one-out Ryan Zimmerman single in the third.
Chad Green then came on for the fourth and pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing two hits and a walk and striking out two over that span, and Ben Heller allowed a hit and a walk but finished the seventh unscathed. Jonathan Holder then finished it out, retiring all six batters he faced in the eighth and ninth.
With the win, the Yankees improve to 18-6 in the Grapefruit League and 19-6 overall this spring. They now return home for one game, a 6:30 p.m. start against the Red Sox on Tuesday, before heading back out on the road for two more on Wednesday and Thursday.