On a day where the off-the-field news hasn’t been great for the team, the on-field results showed up for the Yankees. The Bombers pulled into Dunedin with a shorthanded staff and managed to hand the ball off nearly perfectly to the pitchers they had on hand, beating the Blue Jays 4-1.
In lieu of full-length recaps, we will run bullet-point highlights through spring training. Important contributions and players will get covered, plus a roundup of the team’s pitching lines, as well as news and notes from the club. Hope you all enjoy this format!
- Nick Tropeano got the start for New York, and the non-roster invitee made the most of the two innings he got. Tropeano allowed just one baserunner, a leadoff single to Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in the second inning, and picked up a strikeout. Now that the starting staff depth is being challenged, look for Tropeano as a dark horse candidate this spring.
- Luis Cessa got the ball next and had a strong inning, striking out a pair of batters. Cessa has been in the mix for major-league depth for a while and could benefit from a strong spring, but is most likely being considered for a bullpen role.
- The Yankees ended up using eight pitchers, and recorded 13 strikeouts on the afternoon. Ironically, the winning pitcher entered the game in the sixth and also managed to record a blown save. Brooks Kriske allowed the only Blue Jays run when he surrendered a solo home run to Santiago Espinal.
- The starters in the lineup managed to make some noise in this game, as they played for a majority of the game. Expected roster members Tyler Wade, Miguel Andujar and Luke Voit all got three at-bats in, and Mike Tauchman got a couple as well. It was Chris Iannetta that did damage however, going 2-2 with a walk and scoring a run.
- The Yankees struck first in the second, with Thairo Estrada scoring the aforementioned Iannetta on a single through the left side of the infield. The Yankees had another opportunity in the fourth when Voit hit a one-out double, but couldn’t come around to score. New York didn’t put the game away until the seventh, when Roswell Herrera hit a two-run triple and later scored on a wild pitch.
The Yankees are back on broadcast tomorrow, as YES is covering their 1:05 p.m. EST matchup with the defending champion Washington Nationals. Masahiro Tanaka will make his spring debut, going up against Joe Ross who is also making his first start of the year.