The Yankees traveled to Ft. Meyers today to play the Red Sox for the first of two spring training bouts between the archrivals. The veteran players weren’t required to make the trip, but the kids came through with a 5-3 win.
Prized prospect Chance Adams made his first start of the spring. He threw two scoreless frames while giving up only a walk and a hit. Adams was in line to get the win, thanks to an Aaron Hicks solo blast in the third inning.
Unfortunately, Justus Sheffield wasn’t able to hold the lead. Brock Holt drove in two runs against the young left-hander. He had some help, however, as the play involved some poor defense on the Yankees’ part. Gleyber Torres couldn’t come up with the play and then missed the target on the throw home.
Despite blowing two leads during the game, the Bombers came back to grab another win. With the Yankees trailing 3-2, Danny Espinosa walked to lead off the eighth. Kyle Holder doubled, and Jeff Hendrix doubled them both home to give the New York the lead for good. Miguel Andujar continued his torrid hitting by singling in Hendrix to provide an insurance run.
Trevor Lane, Cody Carroll, and Jonathan Holder threw lights out relief to shut down the Red Sox offense in the late innings. Carroll was credited with the win, his second of the spring. Holder earned his second save with another strong showing.
They Yankees are now 8-1 and sit atop the Grapefruit League standings. We’ll have to wait until March 23rd for the finale of the spring set against the Red Sox. Tomorrow, the Bombers host the Rays. Chad Green makes his second start of the spring and will be opposed by former Yankee Nathan Eovaldi. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 PM and you can watch on YES.