The biggest news coming out of this game was the information that Greg Bird was a late scratch due to a sore right foot. We’re still waiting to hear the results of his MRI and CT scan, but hopefully everything is okay. Without Bird, the Yankees moved Tyler Austin to first base, and Ryan McBroom took over as DH.
Luis Severino made one final outing before Opening Day, and it looks like he is ready to get the season started. Through five innings, Sevy held the Braves to just two hits, walked two batters, and struck out seven. Two runs scored in the fourth after Ender Inciarte singled and Ozzie Albies homered to right field. Severino settled down after that, and even struck out the side in the fifth inning.
Chad Green pitched a scoreless sixth inning, then started the seventh with a leadoff single. Adam Warren took over and notched two strikeouts, but not before the Braves moved the runner over on a sac bunt. Our old pal Chris Stewart singled to drive in Atlanta’s final run of the game.
It wasn’t until the fourth inning that the Yankees finally got to Julio Teheran. Aaron Hicks jump started the offense with a leadoff home run, and Ryan McBroom followed with a solo shot of his own. It looked like the Yankees were headed to a 2-3 loss, but the offense put together a big ninth inning. McBroom worked a leadoff walk, and Angel Aguilar hit a one-out single. With two outs, Gleyber Torres, Billy McKinney, and Shane Robinson hit back-to-back-to-back RBI singles. Jeff Hendrix walked to load the bases, and Francisco Diaz walked to make it 6-3. The Braves just couldn’t come up with the final out. McBroom came back to the plate for the second time and hit an RBI single. Two runs ended up scoring after a throwing error by the shortstop. Austin finally lined out to end the inning.
We’re down to the final two games of spring training now! The Yankees will play the Rays tomorrow at 1:05 ET with Brian Keller slated to start against Andrew Kittredge. You can catch it on Fox Sports Sun or MLB.tv.