Spring Training

Spring Training Game 8: Yankees 8, Orioles 1

And the spring slaughter continues. The Yankees now have 85 hits through their first 8 spring training games as their record improves to 7-1. Okay, okay, so there’s no real correlation between preseason and regular season success, but it’s still fun as hell to watch, especially considering how well the young guys are doing. Last night’s starting lineup featured a slew of Baby Bombers, including C Gary Sanchez, CF Clint Frazier, SS Gleyber Torres, and 1B Greg Bird. Speaking of Greg Bird, I heard a rumor that he hates baseballs. Is that true? See for yourself:

That thing went OVER the trap in right center. It literally disappears into the night sky for a moment. I’m pretty sure it still hasn’t landed. That was Bird’s third home run of the spring. He finished the night 1-3 with 1 R and 2 RBI. The Bird is indeed the word.

RHP Adam Warren made his second spring training start. He pitched 3 innings allowing 1 R on 1 H with 1 BB and 3 K. The run came on a solo home run off a two-seamer that Warren left in the zone. It’s a pitch that he’s working into his repertoire, so mistakes are bound to happen. That’s what spring training is for. Otherwise Warren looked good. He’s definitely make a strong case for an opening day rotation spot through his first two appearances.

We got to see LHP Aroldis Chapman for the first time in last night’s game as well. He pitched a perfect inning, striking out 2. One of the strikeouts came on an absolutely filthy slider. He was working some changeups in there as well. Oh yeah, and he’s already hitting 100 MPH on the radar gun.

At one point Yankees pitchers retired 17 Orioles hitters in a row, and went 6+ innings without allowing a hit. There were good outings across the board, which has me even more excited for the team’s bullpen than I already was.

Here are some other lines of note:

C Gary Sanchez: 2-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 double
DH Matt Holliday: 1-2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 HR
CF Clint Frazier: 0-3, 1 K. He hit some balls hard into the outfield though.
SS Gleyber Torres: 1-2, 1 R
2B Jorge Mateo: 1-2, 1 RBI, 1 double. His out came out on a fly ball deep to the warning track in left field. The wind definitely knocked it down, but it’s possible that Mateo’s premature bat flip angered the baseball gods enough to keep it in the park.
RF Billy McKinney: 2-2, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 HR, 1 double. The kid continues to rake.

And then I’ll just list all the other pitchers as well since they all did such a good job:

RHP Tyler Clippard: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K
LHP Tommy Layne: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 BB
LHP Dietrich Enns: 2 IP, 0 H, 1 BB, 1 K
RHP Giovanny Gallegos: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K

You can catch the full box score here, and video highlights here.

Today the Yankees will travel to Knology Park to take on the Toronto Blue Jays. The game starts at 1:07 p.m. EST and will be televised on RSN.

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