The big story of this game, in my opinion, was Jacoby Ellsbury getting not just his first hit of the spring, but his first TWO hits of the spring. The first one was a line drive solo home run to right field in the first inning. It was on a 3-1 pitch right over the plate, probably exactly what Ellsbury was looking for on that count.
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His second hit was a double, so a big day for the Jellsbury. He also got hit by a pitch in the 5th inning, after which he tossed the ball back to the pitcher. Pretty funny. That’s the stuff spring training games are made of. He finished the day 2-2 with 2 R and 1 RBI.
Bryan Mitchell made his second start of the spring. Remember, he’s one of the guys vying for either one of those 4 and 5 spots in the rotation. He looked strong in this outing as he did in his last, going three innings, giving up 0 H and 1 BB while striking out 2. He was falling behind in counts a bit early on, but for the most part was able to battle back. He even threw a few splitters, a pitch that he’s working on adding to his arsenal. The only real trouble he got into all game came in the first after a throwing error by 2B Starlin Castro put a runner on first, and then Mitchell walked the next guy. He got out of it easily though. Overall, good looks for Mitchell.
Dellin Betances made his first appearance of the spring, pitching just one inning, allowing 1 BB and striking out 1. The strikeout was a thing of beauty though. Check it out here. Seriously, check it out. It looked like a wiffle ball pitch. Absolutely filthy.
Other lines of note:
LF Brett Gardner: 1-3, 1 R
2B Starlin Castro: 2-3, 1 R, 1 RBI
C Austin Romine: 2-3, 1 double
RF Aaron Judge: 1-2, 1 R, 1 BB
SS Gleyber Torres: 1-1. Continues to do his thing in the small role he’s had so far.
LF Tyler Wade: 1-2, 1 R, 1 K
RF Billy McKinney: 0-0, 1 R, 1 BB
LHP Jordan Montgomery: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K. Not a great outing for Montgomery. He was definitely having some command issues.
RHP J.P. Feyereisen: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 HR
Another good takeaway from this game was the 14 hits the Yankees tallied. That brings them up to 38 hits (!) in their last 3 games. The rotation battle has been a good one to watch in this first week of spring games, but the bats have been even more fun. The hits are coming from everywhere too, starters, backups, young guys. Everywhere.
Today the team takes on the Baltimore Orioles in Tampa. Adam warren takes the hill in his second start of the spring. The game starts at 6:35 p.m. EST and will be televised on YES.