We got a quintessential spring training game today, with very few starters populating the lineup and a journeyman serving as the starting pitcher. The Yankees’ bats went mostly quiet, managing just seven hits against a smorgasbord of anonymous Tigers pitchers, and a six-run implosion in the seventh inning cost New York in a 10-4 loss.
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!
- Rosell Herrera, a 27-year-old non-roster invitee who last played with the Marlins, continued his excellent spring. He tied the game at two with a two-run double in the fifth inning, and finished 3-3 with two RBI and a run scored. Every spring brings a handful of lesser-known players that put in surprising performances, and Herrera has fit the bill so far this year.
- Brett Gardner added an RBI double and Luke Voit an RBI single as the Yankees took their only lead of the game in the fifth. Gary Sanchez, Mike Tauchman, and Kyle Higashioka went hitless.
- Hale struggled as the starter, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk in 1.2 innings. Dan Otero, Luis Avilan, and Brooks Kriske all tossed scoreless innings in relief of Hale.
- Miguel Yajure and Kaleb Ort combined to give up all six runs in the seventh. Yajure gave up three runs on two hits in 1.1 innings, albeit with four strikeouts, while Ort yielded three runs on two hits in two-thirds of an inning. For good measure, Adonis Rosa allowed two more runs on two hits and two walks in the eighth inning.
The Yankees’ first day off of the spring comes tomorrow, after going 6-3-1 across the first week or so. They’ll be back in action on Tuesday when they host the Red Sox in Tampa.