PAWTUCKET, R.I. – Of all the places left-hander Matt Tracy expected to be Sunday night, McCoy Stadium wasn't even on his list.
But that's exactly where he was as he made his first Triple-A start for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees and earned a 6-2 victory over the Pawtucket Red Sox.
Tracy pitched a commendable five innings and allowed one run on three hits with three walks and four strikeouts.
If the parent New York Yankees hadn't called up a trio of pitchers Saturday, Tracy still would be with Single-A Tampa.
"It definitely was a surprise when I found out (Saturday)," Tracy said. "I was on a bus heading to Lakeland for our game. They told me, drove me straight to the airport and I got on a plane and flew here. So, I was excited."
Yankees pitching coach Scott Aldred was pleased with Tracy's performance.
"He threw the ball well and he wasn't scared," Aldred said. "It was a good experience for him to get a chance to come up here and pitch."
Among other things, Tracy showed he wasn't "scared" to pitch inside as he jammed several PawSox hitters and forced weak popups or flyballs.
"I like going inside," Tracy said. "I think it's definitely an important thing to do to keep hitters conscious of both sides of the plate.
"It helps you out a lot up there."
Tracy's opinion was seconded by Aldred.
"I thought he pitched to both sides of the plate," Aldred said. "He wasn't afraid to pitch in. He used his fastball when he needed to on both sides."
The Yankees exited the first inning with a 1-0 lead which, were it not for one of McCoy's all-time web gems, could have been 4-0.
Kevin Russo, Corban Joseph and Ronnie Mustelier each singled off Mike MacDonald to load the bases with no outs.
Kosukue Fukudome followed by lining a shot that appeared like it would sail over the short fence in front of Pawtucket's left-field bullpen for a grand-slam homer. But Jason Repko leaped, snared the ball and held on as he crashed on top of the fence and fell into the bullpen – thus turning the play into a "spectacular" sacrifice fly.
Pawtucket scored its lone run off Tracy in the second on two walks, a wild pitch and a fielder's choice.
Fukudome made sure the ball he hit in his next at-bat, in the third, was uncatchable as he pulled a shot to right for his second homer of the season for a 2-1 lead.
Austin Romine's fifth-inning sacrifice fly produced a third run and the Yankees broke the game open during a three-run eighth.
The key hits were a two-run double by Joseph and Musteilier's RBI single.
Ex-PawSox Manny Delcarmen allowed one run in two innings of relief while Ryota Igarashi finished with two hitless, three-strikeout innings to seal the deal.