Rainy weather in Tampa caused the game to be called in the bottom of the fifth inning, giving the Yankees an 8-2 win over the Washington Nationals on Wednesday. >> Box score
5 things to know from Wednesday's game...
1) Masahiro Tanaka got the start for the Yankees on Wednesday, and he pitched to mixed results. After a relatively clean first inning, the second frame was a different story for Tanaka. After striking out Yadiel Hernandez, Tanaka hit Carter Kieboom with a pitch, and then allowed a two-run home run to Raudy Read, putting the Nationals up 2-0. All in all, Tanaka allowed two earned runs on two hits, while also striking out a pair in two innings of work.
2) Back at the top of the lineup, DJ LeMahieu recorded his first hit of the spring, scoring Erik Kratz on an RBI double in the third inning to give the Yankees a 3-2 lead. LeMahieu is now 1-for-7 at the plate.
3) Gary Sanchez was 0-for-2 at the plate, but he did drive in his first run of the spring in the bottom of the third inning. Sanchez lifted a sac fly to center fielder Victor Robles, and with Robles committing a throwing error, both LeMahieu and Gleyber Torres were able to score.
4) Following Tanaka's two innings, the trio of Zack Britton, Chad Green, and Tommy Kahnle pitched three scoreless innings. Neither Britton nor Green allowed a hit, and the trio combined for four strikeouts in three innings.
5) Mike Ford and Clint Frazier both gave the Yankees solid contributions from the bottom of the lineup. Ford was 1-for-2 with two runs scored on the day, while Frazier was 1-for-1 with two runs scored as well.
The Yankees are back in action on Thursday in Tampa as they host the Tampa Bay Rays at 1:05PM.