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Jonathan Loaisiga puts Yankees in difficult spot

March 13, 2019

TAMPA — Jonathan Loaisiga is not making this easy. Obviously the 24-year-old is talented and showed that last season when went he burst onto the scene and went 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA in four starts for the Yankees.

Then, he suffered from right shoulder inflammation. When he came back he put up a 10.80 ERA out of the pen.

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Flashes of talent and then struggles to get outs is also what he has shown this spring. With two rotation spots open to start the season, Loaisiga did not exactly make the best argument for one on Tuesday night. In the Yankees’ 8-7 win over the Orioles at George M. Steinbrenner Field, Loaisiga allowed six runs (five earned) on five hits. He walked two and struck out three.

Jonathan Loaisiga made his major league debut with the Yankees in 2018. (Lynne Sladky / AP)

“Good stuff and the flashes of everything we love with all his pitches,” Boone said of Loaisiga’s night. “I think sometimes when he gets behind in the count, he goes a little harder, meaning he’s going to make the best pitch instead of trusting the fact he can still throw the ball over the plate with any of his pitches. Then sometimes when he is ahead, when he goes to put away a guy, (he) maybe tries to do too much and makes a couple mistakes. (He) just needs to limit the mistakes a little bit, understand where less is more.”

With the Yankees needing starters to begin the season, Tuesday night was not exactly reassuring.

The offense and the bullpen, however, were comforting with Aaron Judge hammering his fourth homer of spring training and Brett Gardner hitting his third. Gary Sanchez and Troy Tulowitzki also got much-needed hits.

Zack Britton pitched two scoreless innings while Aroldis Chapman and Chad Green each pitched a scoreless inning.

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