Jaime Garcia made his Yankees debut Friday night at Progressive Field in Cleveland after being acquired from the Twins for minor league pitchers Zack Littell and Dietrich Enns. Prior to being dealt to Minnesota, Garcia made 18 starts for the Braves going 4-7 with a 4.30 era.
The southpaw was able to escape trouble in the first inning after walking lead off hitter Francisco Lindor by inducing a ground ball by Michael Brantley for an inning ending double play.
In the second inning, Garcia struck out Edwin Encarnacion on a well placed breaking ball followed by a walk of Carlos Santana on another back foot slider. Austin Jackson then ripped a 92 mph fastball on the inner half down the left field line for a run scoring double, advancing to third on the throw to home plate. Gary Sanchez then allowed a passed ball allowing Jackson to score from third, making it 2-0.
The third inning brought more trouble as Garcia started missing spots, thus leaving the ball over the heart of the plate. Brandon Guyer and Michael Brantley both singled to open the inning, and Guyer was able to score on an overthrow on a play at third base. Later in the inning Edwin Encarnacion hit a sac fly to Aaron Judge in right field that Garcia was lucky to keep in the ballpark. The pitch was again left up and out over the plate, but the change of speeds kept Encarnacion slightly off balance.
Jaime regrouped in the fourth inning and kept the ball down, striking out two in a 1,2,3 inning.
Todd Frazier finally got the Yankees on the board, leading of the top of the fifth with a solo shot to right. However, the Yankees were unable to further the damage and ended up stranding the bases loaded.
Brandon Guyer walked and stole second base to open the bottom half of the fifth, and scored on an RBI single. After a wild pitch and a hard hit ground out by Jose Ramirez, Garcia was replaced by Chad Green.
Jamie Garcia’s line was 4 2/3 inings pitched, allowing 6 runs, 5 earned on 5 hits, walking 4 and striking out 4. He threw a total of 87 pitches, 49 of them for strikes in a losing effort.
The final score was Cleveland Indains 7, New York Yankees 2. Trevor Bauer was the winning pitcher for Cleveland.