Another spring training game is in the books, and the Yankees walked away with the victory. After scoring just three runs total during the previous two games, the offense got back on track today. Yankee pitchers also combined for 15 strikeouts.
The Marlins sent Caleb Smith, former Yankee, to the mound and he immediately got into trouble. Brett Gardner singled to start the inning, and Greg Bird put the Yankees up 2-0 with a dinger to right field. This was Bird’s first home run of spring training, so hopefully that means he is heating up at the plate. He only has six other hits all spring, but there’s no reason to worry unless this carries over into the regular season. The Yankees added two more runs in the first after Giancarlo Stanton walked, Didi Gregorius singled, and Neil Walker doubled.
Smith settled down after the first inning, and even struck out four consecutive batters before giving up a solo shot to Gary Sanchez in the third. After that, the offense quieted down until the sixth when Brandon Drury hit a two-RBI single. In the seventh inning, Gardner hit another leadoff single, and Stanton drove in the eighth and final run of the game.
Since spring training is winding down, we’re starting to see longer outings from the starting pitchers. Luis Severino made it through five innings today with seven strikeouts, zero walks, and three earned runs. One of those runs was a solo home run off the bat of Brian Anderson. The other two runs scored in the fifth after Sevy gave up back-to-back singles, a sac fly, and a double.
Jonathan Holder took over in the sixth and struck out the side. He struck out two more batters the following inning, but a double and single allowed the Marlins to score a run. The Yankees turned to Chasen Shreve for the final out in the seventh. He ended up being the only pitcher with a scoreless outing today, though he did walk a batter. Wade LeBlanc recorded three strikeouts through two innings of work, but also gave up a home run to Joe Dunand.
In other news, the Yankees optioned Miguel Andujar to Triple-A Scranton before today’s game. They also reassigned Estevan Florial to minor league camp.