FINAL: PHILLIES 2 YANKEES 2
The Yankees welcomed the Phillies to town for the final exhibition game of Summer Camp. It was a reunion with former manager, Joe Girardi, and former Yankees teammate, DiDi Gregorious. The Yankees and Phillies ended tonight’s game with a 2-2 tie to close out Summer Camp Exhibition.
The Yankees sent six pitchers to the mound tonight, starting with the Yankees’ starter, Deivi Garcia, who struggled in his outing tonight, pitching just 1.2 innings, and throwing 46 pitches. Garcia gave up four hits, two runs, one earned run, and two walks over the course of his 1.2 innings pitched and he struck out one batter.
The ball was then turned over to David Hale, who went 2.2. innings, giving up two hits and three walks, striking out one before then turning the ball over to Nick Nelson.
Nelson gave the Yankees 1.2 innings pitched and struck out three.
Zach Britton came on for the Yankees after Nelson, and pitched one inning, giving up one hit.
Brooks Kriske followed Britton. He went one innings and struck out two.
Tony Zych would come in to close it out for the Yankees. He went one inning and struck out one as well.
The bats struggled to come alive early for the Yankees. They scored two runs on seven hits. The runs tonight came off the bats of Aaron Judge, with a home run in the fifth off Velasquez (Judge’s third home run in two nights) and Mike Ford with his game-tying blast to the bleachers in deep right in the ninth inning off Llovera.
When asked about Mike Ford, Aaron Boone stated that he definitely sees a role for him and stated that some people might miss how good of an offensive player he is. Boone stating that Ford controls the zone and has power and is a really good middle of the order, major league hitter. Boone sees potential for him to be a lefty at-bat that could hit with righty’s on the mound. “He’s the real deal in the box,” stated Boone.
The Yankees left seven on base tonight and were one for six with runners in scoring position.
After the game, Deivi Garcia met with the media. He stated that he definitely struggled tonight and was hoping to be more impressive. “You learn from every outing and tonight is going to be one of those where you go through it and learn from the experience,” stated Garcia, who pitched for his first time in Yankee Stadium tonight. “Having the opportunity to pitch at Yankee Stadium, as you know it’s my first time pitching here, is an experience I will never forget. The level of competition here is what I like. It’s one of those that I’ll never forget,” stated Garcia. He noted that being aggressive is a mindset and it’s a mindset of attacking the plate and the batter, while executing your pitches well. “That’s what I wanted to do tonight, and I was unable to do that tonight,” stated Garcia.
Aaron Boone spoke with the media following tonight’s game, and Boone also stated that Garcia struggled a little tonight with his command, stating that sometimes he lost his direction and was yanking some balls and missing wrong sides of the plate. But he also did some good things out there, getting some swings and misses with fastball and changeup, but that in losing his direction, he in turn lost his command a bit.
In speaking about Judge’s third inning home run, Boone stated that Girardi wanted to get Velasquez’s count up and Judge agreed to take the after-inning at-bat.
When asked what Boone saw out of DJ LeMaheiu the past couple days, Boone stated that he looks good. LaMehieu played five innings today in the field, a couple of which were long early innings. LaMehieu felt good in the game and almost popped one to right, according to Boone, who stated he’s encouraged with where LaMehieu is at. “We’ve got some sim games tomorrow afternoon, he’ll want a number of at-bats,” stated Boone. LaMeheiu is still a possibility for Thursday as well.
LeMahieu also met with the media tonight and stated he felt really good and is excited to be out there. He stated that he had a couple good at bats and wants to keep that momentum rolling. LeMahieu stated he wants to get some more live at-bats, and will face a lot tomorrow with pitchers throwing live tomorrow. But physically LeMaheiu stated he feels really good.
LeMaheiu also spoke on what he’s seen out of teammate, Aaron Judge, stating that he looks really locked in and has a really impressive swing.
Miguel Andujar met with the media as well. He stated that currently he feels most comfortable in the outfield with the fact that that’s where he’s played and had more chances at. He also saw playing time at first base today.
When looking at the Yankees offense, Andujar stated that the offense’s potential is amazing. “When you look at the lineup and the guys we have, and how ready they are, they all seem game ready and ready for action,” stated Andujar. “With the combination of power to hit doubles and home runs, that’s what you want when you’re trying to win games,” stated Andujar. “That’s the combination that can be very successful.”
Andujar also stated tonight that he feels game ready and is looking forward to getting back and starting the regular season.
Boone spoke on the roster situation, stating they’re close to finalizing a roster and have a couple things they’re waiting on and deciding on. Boone stating they have a pretty good idea of which way they’re going to go, but will decide tomorrow at some point. He stated that the outfield situation and roster could be fluid in the first week with guys trickling back in, but that they understand which direction they’re going to go initially and will adjust from there.
Not going to be ready for opening day is Luis Cessa. Boone stated htat he threw 30 pitches today, but that opening day is not realistic for his return. However, Boone stated the Yankees are really encouraged with what they’ve seen during his first few days back in camp.
The Yankees will have their final Summer Camp workout at Yankee stadium tomorrow and then the team will travel to Washington tomorrow evening.
J.A. Happ, Clarke Schmidt, and Masahiro Tanaka will all throw live tomorrow.
The Yankees will have one final workout at Nationals Park on Wednesday and they will then open up their 2020 regular season against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park Thursday Night at 7 PM. That game will be broadcasted on ESPN.