This game definitely looked like a spring training game.
The Yankees and Mets combined for 15 runs, 23 hits, and four errors in a sloppy game in Port St. Lucie. That four errors doesn’t even count some other misplayed grounders and the like. In the end, the Yankees came out on top 11-4, with 10 of their runs coming in the final two innings.
After two and a half scoreless innings, the Mets loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the third. Jay Bruce hit a fly ball into shallow-ish center, where Estevan Florial was the only one with a real chance at the ball. Florial got a glove on it, but couldn’t complete the catch and the ball fell to the ground. Two runs scored on the error.
The Yankees got one of those runs back in the fourth when Tyler Austin scored on a grounder. That was the only run the Yankees’ starting lineup scored, but several of them picked up hits. The run Austin scored came after he had earlier reached base on a single. Brett Gardner went 2-2. Austin Romine went 2-3. Florial did make up for his error somewhat with a single. Meanwhile, Miguel Andujar and Brandon Drury both went 0-for on the day.
Despite all that, the Zack Wheeler and the Mets’ pitching kept the Yankees lineup off the board for most of the day. It wasn’t until the eight inning that they pushed across another run. Though, when the runs eventually came, they came in bunches.
The Mets had four-season veteran Rafael Montero on the mound when the Yankees came to bat in the eighth. After making one out, the Yankees reeled off three straight singles from Abiatal Avelino, Kyle Higashioka, and Kyle Holder. Montero then walked Trey Amburgey to plate a run. Following a fielding error that scored another run, a pitching change, and a Tyler Wade pop up, Billy McKinney hit his fourth home run of the spring, this one a grand slam. That put the Yankees up 7-4.
They added four more runs in the ninth, three coming on a Amburgey home run. The Yankees were done after that and finished up an 11-4 win.
Seven of the nine reserves who came in recorded hits, the exceptions being Jake Cave and Jeff Hendrix. Highashioka went 2-2 with a ground-rule double. Holder went 2-2, driving in the other run in the ninth. In addition to his grand slam, McKinney drew two walks.
On the pitching side of things, the Yankees were mostly solid. Domingo German got the start, and allowed two unearned runs. He loaded the bases for Florial’s error, but it also came on a pop out that should have ended the inning. German allowed just one hit and two walks, striking out five.
Ben Heller allowed a run on two hits in his 1.1 innings of work. Dillon Tate gave up the fouth Mets’ run, but that was was also unearned following a Danny Espinosa error. Brady Lail and Cale Coshow combined to throw three scoreless innings to finish off the game. Coshow allowed a hit, but those two were otherwise perfect.
It doesn’t matter, but the Yankees are now 10-2 in spring training. That’ll happen when your backups can score 10 runs in two innings.