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Late-inning offense the difference in Yankees’ 5-3 victory over Braves

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Estevan Florial took the lead with a two-run shot, and the Yankees never looked back.

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The Yankees took care of business on the road today, besting the split-squad Braves 5-3. They did their damage with the backups, as the team couldn’t place a run on the scoreboard until the sixth inning. Fortunately, some key prospects showed up to propel them to victory.

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!

Game Highlights

  • Deivi Garcia got the start today, making his spring debut. His first inning was fantastic, picking up two strikeouts and stranding a runner that got on via error. The second inning wasn’t as kind to him however, as Ender Inciarte walked on four pitches and Johan Camargo blasted a two-run shot to right-center.
  • It was a mostly-quiet day for the regular position players who made the trip. DJ LeMahieu, Mike Tauchman, Gleyber Torres, Gio Urshela, Miguel Andujar and Kyle Higashioka all started and contributed four singles and two walks in 16 at-bats combined. Tauchman scored the only run from the bunch, scrambling to home in the sixth on a stolen-base attempt from Kyle Holder that drew a poor throw from Braves catcher Travis D’Arnaud.
  • The Yankees were still trailing after the Tauchman run, but Estevan Florial gave them the lead shortly afterwards. Chris Gittens got on base via error to start the seventh, and Florial found a pitch over the heart of the plate two batters later. Florial crushed the offering to right, giving the Yankees a 3-2 lead.
  • A trio of non-roster invitees gave the Bombers some breathing room in the eighth. Hoy-Jun Park ripped a one-out double to center, and Wynston Sawyer lined another double to left to score Park. Kellin Deglan punched a single through to center that allowed Sawyer to score, expanding the Yankees’ lead to three.
  • Albert Abreu got the nod to close the game out, and had a rough entrance. Trey Harris greeted him with a solo home run to left-center that brought the Braves within two, but Abreu settled down and recorded three straight outs to end things.

The Yankees will be playing two games tomorrow, sending a split squad to face the Red Sox while the main team hosts the Tigers. The Tigers game will be broadcast on YES and WFAN, but unfortunately the same can’t be said for the Boston game. First pitch(es) will be at 1:05 p.m. EST, and we’ll have a combined recap of both games.

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