So it’s been a couple days and I’ve missed a couple games. But hey, it’s spring training. Nothing THAT exciting happened, and one of those was an exhibition games against team Canada, so that hardly counts, even if it did feature a Gary Sanchez home run. Instead of making more excuses for myself, I’ll get on with it.
The Yankees bested the Atlanta Braves Thursday night by a score of 8 to 7. The bats continue to stay hot, in spite of quite a few missed opportunities in the game. While the team did score 8 runs, they did it on 15 hits, going 4-18 with RISP. Rough stuff. Still though 8 runs isn’t bad. On the other side of the ball, the pitching continues to be….inconsistent. What else is new?
At the top of the order, Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury showed flashes of early 2015, combining to go 4-6 with 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 SB by Ellsbury and 1 HR by Gardner. Ellsbury happened to be playing DH in this game though. Maybe that’s the trick. Unfortunately he’s going to have to play the field as well as hit during the regular season.
Michael Pineda got the start and looked pretty off compared to his first game. He went 3 IP, giving up 2 R on 3 H and striking out only 1. Bullpen hopeful Chasen Shreve had a rough game too, walking two and allowing a 3-run HR in 1.1 IP. Shreve still managed to pick up the win though, thanks to a 6 run 6th inning by the offense.
Here are some other lines of note:
RF Aaron Judge: 1-2, 1 BB, 1 K
RF Clint Frazer: 0-2, 1 RBI
1B Chris Carter: 0-3, 2 K. Carter left 5 runners on base. Ouch.
LF Aaron Hicks: 1-3, 1 R, 1 triple
2B Tyler Wade: 2-3, 1 R
2B Gleyber Torres: 1-2, 1 RBI, 1 double
RHP Ben Heller: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K
LHP Joe Mantiply: 2 IP, 1 H, 2 K
In other news, Yankees SS Didi Gregorious went 3-4 with 3 doubles to help team Netherlands in their win over Chinese Taipei in the WBC. It’s awesome to see Didi performing on the international stage like this. He’s given the team his all in the past two seasons, and I very much look forward to seeing what he does in 2017.