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Yankees 5, Marlins 7: A home-run derby in March

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The Bombers lost, but Aaron Judge hit a homer!

MLB: Spring Training-New York Yankees at Miami Marlins Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Miami hosted the Home Run Derby last year, and while the 2018 installment will take place in Washington, D.C., the Marlins just couldn’t let it go. Today’s matchup between the Fish and the Yankees featured a barrage of long balls. Unfortunately the Bombers wound up on the wrong side of a few too many of them, dropping the game by a score of 7 — 5.

The Marlins got on the board in the second inning against Jordan Montgomery. Brian Anderson worked a one-out walk before advancing to second on a Garrett Cooper single. A Miguel Rojas double brought both of them home and gave the Fish a quick lead.

They added on in the third inning, after Montgomery issued a walk to Scott Van Slyke and a single to Lewis Brinson. That led Aaron Boone to go to the bullpen, calling on right-hander Brady Lail. Unfortunately it didn’t help, as Lail immediately served up a three-run homer to Anderson, making it 5 — 0, Marlins.

The Yankees chipped away at the lead in the fourth inning, when a pair of productive outs plated two runs. A Didi Gregorius groundout scored Greg Bird, while a Miguel Andujar sacrifice fly brought Gary Sanchez home. Andujar’s fly ball sounded particularly good. Even his outs are well-struck. I don’t know if he will break camp with the team, but he hasn’t slowed down yet.

Miami answered in the very next inning. Cameron Maybin launched a two-run shot to extend Miami’s lead to five. He took Wade LeBlanc deep, which seems to be a theme this spring. A discussion at the Pinstripe Alley offices has led us to believe that he isn’t going to make the team.

Trailing 7 — 2, the Yankees tried to rally in the late innings. Gregorius launched a two-run homer in the sixth inning off Sandy Alcántara, one of the organization’s top pitching prospects. Aaron Judge got in on the fun, too. He blasted his first home run of the spring, a solo dinger also off Alcántara. Unfortunately that was all the offense the Yankees could muster as the Marlins held on for the win.

The Yankees may have lost, but there’s reason to be optimistic. Judge seems to be locking in at the plate after his shoulder surgery. Plus, it’s easy to write off Montgomery’s poor performance considering his otherwise stellar spring. The Bombers can’t win every game. The fun part is that they kept this one close.

New York will be back in action tomorrow night as they host the Twins. Masahiro Tanaka will take on old friend Phil Hughes. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 PM and you can watch on YES.