New York Yankees star DJ LeMahieu launched a three-run homer, and that was all for Pittsburgh starter JT Brubaker. Brubaker walked off the mound with two outs in the bottom of the second inning, having thrown 49 pitches Saturday.
And taking advantage of a rule put in place for early spring training games, the rest of the Pirates left the field, too. Starting Sunday, no more “roll over” breaks like that.
Managers won't be able to call off innings at any point to protect hurlers because of high pitch counts. That's fine with Texas skipper Chris Woodward. “Now that we can’t, it’s no longer an option.