Week in Review
Monday 3/19: vs Tampa Bay Rays (L 2-4, 13-10-1)
Besides 0.2 innings of a catastrophic performance from Adam Warren, the Yankees pitching was downright dominant. David Hale received the start, firing three innings of scoreless baseball. Hale permitted one walk, one hit and struck out five. Tommy Kahnle followed by throwing a near-two perfect innings of baseball. Kahnle only allowed one baserunner that reached via a walk. Chad Green and Dellin Betances threw one and two shutout innings, respectively. Both did not allow a baserunner, and Betances struck out four. Chasen Shreve relived Warren, who could not finish the ninth. The southpaw struck out the only batter he faced. Offensively, New York was pretty quiet. Aaron Judge and Ronald Torreyes both went 2-for-4. Judge drew a walk and hit a double, while Torreyes singled home Didi Gregorius to score the Yankees first run in the bottom of the second. Austin Romine drove in Aaron Hicks via a sac-fly, accounting for the Yankees second and final run.
Tuesday 3/20: at Detroit Tigers (L 3-8, 13-11-1)
The Yankees got out to an early lead via a line drive, RBI single by Neil Walker that scored Tyler Wade in the top of the first inning. In the bottom half of the frame, the Tigers rallied for two runs off of Brady Lail, and never gave the lead back. In fact, Detroit held New York scoreless until Jorge Saez’s two-run home run in the top of the eighth inning. Between the Yankees first and third runs, the Tigers scored six unanswered off of Lail, Ben Heller, and Cody Carroll. Former Pirate and current Yankees prospect Matt Frawley made his spring debut and got lit up. Frawley pitched 0.1 innings and gave up two (earned) runs on two hits and a walk. Tyler Wade had himself a nice day, going 2-for-3 with a game-opening leadoff triple.
Wednesday 3/21: vs Baltimore Orioles (W 9-4, 14-11-1)
Aaron Judge led a potent Yankee offense that broke out in a big way on Wednesday. The reigning American League Rookie of the Year went two-for-three with two home runs, two walks, and four RBI’s. The first was a solo-shot hit off Jason Gurka in the bottom of the fourth inning. His second was a three-run bomb off of former Yankee farmhand Nestor Cortes in the bottom of the eighth. Didi Gregorius and Greg Bird both collected a two-run scoring base-knock, and Judge scored on a throwing error to cap off the Yankees scoring at nine. Luis Cessa got the start, throwing four innings of three (earned) run baseball. The 25-man roster longshot struck out four, walked one, and gave up three hits, including a home run to Jonathan Scoop in the top of the first. David Robertson pitched well, while Jonathan Holder, Aroldis Chapman, and Chaz Hebert were absolutely dominant. Holder fired two scoreless innings. Chapman pitch 0.2 of an inning and struck out two of the three batters he faced. Hebert tossed 1.1 perfect innings, while striking out three.
Thursday 3/22: at Minnesota Twins (W 2-1, 15-11-1)
Behind the strong pitching performances of Jordan Montgomery and Domingo German, the Yankees were victorious in Thursday’s contest. ‘Monty’ pitched six strong innings, allowing one (earned) run on six hits. The southpaw struck out two and walked one. German fired the remaining three innings and held the Twins both hitless and scoreless while striking out two. Billy McKinney provided a spark in the top of the second inning when he connected on a Phil Hughes offering for a solo homer to put the ‘Bronx Bombers’ on the board. Austin Romine singled home the winning run in the top of the sixth.
Friday 3/23: vs Boston Red Sox (L 0-5, 15-12-1)
Not too many positives came out of Friday’s shutout loss to Boston. One was Masahiro Tanaka. Tanaka had his best outing of the spring, by far. The righty fired 5.2 innings of one (earned) run baseball. He struck out six, walked none, and permitted five hits, one of which was a home run to Ivan De Jesus Jr. in the top of the third inning. Aaron Judge batted leadoff and went 1-for-4. Neil Walker collected another double, which helped raise his batting average to .364.
Saturday 3/24: (SS) at Atlanta Braves (W 8-3, 16-12-1), vs Toronto Blue Jays (W 13-6, 17-12-1)
The Yankees outscored their opponents a combined 21-9 on Saturday in their split-squad games. Aaron Hicks and Ryan McBroom got the Yankees off to a good start by hitting solo homers off Julio Teheran in the top of the fourth inning against the Atlanta Braves. Down a run in the ninth, New York tacked on six runs to come from behind on RBI singles from Gleyber Torres, Billy McKinney, Shane Robinson, and McBroom. Luis Severino got the start, pitched five innings, gave up two runs on two hits and struck out seven. Meanwhile, back home in Tampa, Didi Gregorius and Giancarlo Stanton both hit two-run homers, pacing the offense. Prospects Zack Zehner and Rashad Crawford both had tremendous spring debuts. Zehener homered and Crawford went 2-for-2 with two doubles.
Sunday 3/25: at Tampa Bay Rays (L 1-11, 17-13-1)
The Yankees leave Florida and head north (to Atlanta) for one last spring training contest on a sour note following an ugly 10-run loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. Tampa roughed up starter Brian Keller for five runs (all earned) on eight hits. The Rays got to Brady Lail, Adonis Rosa, and Trevor Lane who pitched in relief of Keller. Lail gave up a run scoring double off the bat of Josh Lowe, while Rosa permitted four (earned) runs on three home runs. Lane was tagged for the 11th and final run on a Jermaine Palacios opposite field solo-shot. The Palacios homer was the sixth of the game for the Rays. Trey Amburgey singled home Diego Castillo to score the Yankees lone run in the top of the ninth inning.
On Deck This Week
Monday 3/26: at Atlanta Braves (SunTrust Park), 7:35 pm
Tuesday 3/27: Scheduled off day
Wednesday 3/38: Scheduled off day
Thursday 3/29: (Opening Day) at Toronto Blue Jays, 3:37 pm
Friday 3/30: at Toronto Blue Jays, 7:07 pm
Saturday 3/31: at Toronto Blue Jays, 4:07 pm
Sunday 4/1: at Toronto Blue Jays, 1:07 pm