In their final twin-bill Sunday of spring training, the Yankees defeated the Phillies 7-3, while also downing the Orioles by a score of 5-3. The team traveled for both games and didn’t send their A-squad for either matchup, but still managed to prevail on both fronts.
- Jonathan Loaisiga had his best start of the spring. That’s not saying much, considering the talented young right-hander had yielded 10 runs through nine innings thus far in camp, but it was a small step in the right direction nonetheless. He managed three scoreless innings, allowing just one hit, though Loaisiga didn’t strike out a batter, so it wasn’t exactly a vintage performance.
- James Paxton, however, did turn in a vintage performance, continuing his excellent spring debut with the Yankees. Paxton had little trouble with a Phillies lineup that featured several big names like Bryce Harper, Andrew McCutchen, and Rhys Hoskins. He allowed no hits in 4.1 innings and struck out four, though he was charged with one run when Chad Green allowed an inherited runner to score. As always, spring production isn’t super meaningful, but it’s great to see the Yankees’ biggest offseason import at the top of his game entering the year.
- Luke Voit showed every bit of his premier power, slamming a monster shot out to dead center off of Orioles starter Mike Wright for his third homer of the spring. Miguel Andujar and Zack Zehner also homered against Baltimore, while Greg Bird, Gleyber Torres, and Troy Tulowitzki all went deep against Philadelphia. For the second day in a row, the Bronx Bombers were on full display.
Highlight of the Game
No days off now for the Yankees even on the heels of a twin bill, as the team will face off with the Braves tomorrow at 6:05 EST. Masahiro Tanaka is currently slated to toe the rubber in that one.