Yarbrough (0-2) was charged with the loss Tuesday against the Rangers after surrendering six runs on 10 hits and a walk while striking out six across six innings. Although Yarbrough was able to miss a decent number of bats while avoiding any long balls, the Rangers found their way onto the scoreboard repeatedly. They got to Yarbrough early with an RBI single from Joey Gallo in the first inning, followed by back-to-back RBI doubles by Nick Solak and Charlie Culberson in the fourth and an RBI single by Isiah Kiner-Falefa in the sixth. The poor performance was the second in a row for the 29-year-old, who remains winless with a 6.48 ERA. Next up, Yarbrough faces a tough road matchup Sunday against the Yankees.
Yarbrough (0-1) took the loss Wednesday against the Red Sox after allowing six runs on nine hits and a walk while fanning two across five innings. Yarbrough opened the season with a strong performance against the Marlins, tossing 5.2 scoreless innings while striking out three. However, he wasn't able to repeat the feat against the Red Sox, barely managing to complete five innings. Yarbrough held the Red Sox without a run through the first three frames, but the wheels started coming off in the fourth and he was eventually chased by a six-run fifth inning, He will attempt to bounce back in his upcoming start, scheduled for April 13 at home against the Rangers.
Yarbrough didn't factor into the decision in Friday's 6-4 win over the Marlins, scattering four hits over 5.2 scoreless innings while striking out three. The southpaw dazzled through 65 pitches (41 strikes) but wasn't rewarded with a win for his efforts, as all the scoring in the game came off the bullpens. Yarbrough is expected to transition away from his hybrid role this season and be used exclusively as a traditional starter, but Friday's usage suggests he still won't be allowed to face a batter for a third time in a game very often. He'll face the Red Sox on the road Wednesday in his next scheduled start.
Yarbrough allowed two earned runs on three hits over 5.1 innings in a Grapefruit League win over Atlanta on Sunday. He struck out four and also hit a batter. The left-hander accomplished his solid line against a lineup full of Atlanta regulars, turning in a much better performance than when he faced them a week earlier. Yarbrough finished Grapefruit League play allowing two runs or less in three of his four trips to the mound and posted an impressive 11:2 K:BB across 13.2 innings.
Yarbrough still has manager Kevin Cash's confidence despite his rocky third spring start against Atlanta, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports. "The reason Yarbs is good is because his stuff's good," Cash said. "He can really pitch. His changeup's been a weapon that he can throw at any point, any count, [and] I always feel like the cutter has been the equalizer for him to the right-handed hitter." Yarbrough had a bit of a rollercoaster outing against Atlanta's regulars Sunday, retiring the first and last four batters he faced but also allowing six runs (five earned) on five hits and a walk over four innings while getting pulled twice by Cash. However, Yarbrough had mostly breezed through his first two spring starts; moreover, he owns a combined 28-16 record and 3.94 ERA over the last three seasons and has generated the lowest average exit velocity (84.6 mph) of any pitcher with at least 300 innings since 2018.
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