Spring Training

Spring Training Game 19: Yankees 3, Phillies 1

Wednesday night was the Big Mike show, hands down. Pineda started yesterday’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies and he was immaculate, throwing 5 perfect innings and striking out 8 on just over 50 pitches. He was missing bats and inducing weak contact left and right. See for yourself:

Over the last several seasons, Pineda has been one of, if not the most frustrating pitcher for the Yankees due to his inconsistency. He’ll have games like this, and then in his very next start he won’t make it out of the third. It was fun to watch him doing his thing last night, but we all already know what Pineda is capable of. It’s a matter of performing that way on a consistent basis. I have all sorts of doubts as to whether or not he’ll ever be the type of pitcher who can stay healthy and do that, but who knows. 2017 is a new season. We’ll see what it brings for Big Mike.

Greg Bird opened up the scoring with a solo home run to right field.

Haven't you heard? The Bird is the word.

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This came in a game where he nearly didn’t even start. Chris Carter was originally supposed to be in the lineup, but he got scratched with the flu. Bird seized the opportunity, showing us all why he’s the one who deserves that starting job at first base. He finished the day 2-3 with 1 R and 1 RBI.

Gary Sanchez continued his spring training roll as well, going 2-2 with a couple of singles and an RBI, which came on a ball that he absolutely ripped down the third base line and bounced off the fielder’s glove. Brett Gardner, who was on second, showed off the wheels and scored easily. Gardy finished the day 1-3.

The team had a bit of a scare in the top of the 7th when a wild pitch by Chad Green bounced in the dirt and hit C Austin Romine on his throwing hand. It was a pretty freak bounce, but it looked like it got him pretty bad. There was an audible “Fuck!” on the broadcast. He was taken out of the game, but x-rays on his hand were negative, so it looks like it wasn’t anything serious.

Here are some other lines of note:

CF Jacoby Ellsbury: 0-3
DH Matt Holliday: 0-3
3B Chase Headley: 1-3
RF Aaron Hicks: 0-1, 1 BB, 1 K
SS Tyler Wade: 0-2
SS Gleyber Torres: 1-1, 1 R, 1 double
CF Dexter Fowler: 0-0, 1 RBI sac fly
LHP Aroldis Chapman: 1 IP, 0 H, 1 BB, 2 K
RHP Chad Green: 3 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 3 K

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

Today the Yankees take on the Toronto Blue Jays at 1:07 p.m. EST. The game won’t be televised, but Toronto will be doing a radio broadcast.

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