For the second day in a row, the Yankees played a spring training game that was not televised. It’s kind of a drag to recreate what happened based solely on the box score, but here we are. Although the Yankees and Blue Jays both had the lead at different times during the game, it was the Yankees who ultimately squeaked out the win. This was also the Yankees’ fifth straight spring training win.
The Blue Jays got on the board first after Russell Martin took Chad Green deep in the second inning. Danny Espinosa tied things up in the fourth with a solo shot of his own. The Yankees went on to take the lead after Austin Romine doubled and scored on a wild pitch, but that lead was very short lived. David Hale entered the game and immediately got into trouble, giving up a one-out walk to Martin, followed by a double and two RBI singles.
The Yankees might not think that Miguel Andujar is ready to be the starting third baseman, but he’s fighting to show them otherwise. After yesterday’s walk-off home run, Andujar homered again today to tie the game in the sixth. They added another run in the seventh after Estevan Florial tripled and Shane Robison hit a sac fly. The Yankees took the lead for good in the eighth inning. Some of the other big hits included a Ryan McBroom home run, and a three-run double off the bat of Mark Payton.
It wasn’t a great day for the Yankee relievers. Five pitchers entered the game after Hale, and only two of them had scoreless outings. J.P. Feyereisen made it through the fifth inning fine, but started the sixth with a walk and a triple. Adonis Rosa struck out the side in the seventh, but surrendered a leadoff home run in the eighth, followed by a double. Down to their final two outs, Josh Rogers almost let the Blue Jays run away with the game. After Rogers gave up a two-run home run, the Yankees had to bring in Cale Coshow. Fortunately, the big righty was able to pick up the save.
The Yankees will play the Tigers tomorrow at 1:05 EST, and you can catch the game on YES.