The Yankees couldn’t ask for much more tonight, scoring early and often against the Mets in the first of three exhibition games before the season starts. The Bombers offense was able to get an early lead off of Rick Porcello, and the procession of Mets pitchers that followed weren’t able to keep them off the scoreboard often. Meanwhile, Michael King and the Yankees prevented many situations from becoming scoring opportunities. Put it all together, and you’ve got a 9-3 Yankees victory.
Winner of the Game
Clint Frazier had the biggest blow of the game, knocking a Porcello offering into the second deck in the fourth inning for a two-run shot. The broadcast noted a new batting stance for Frazier in his first at-bat back in the second inning, and it brought good results for the outfielder today.
Michael King also had a good outing, making his last case for a roster spot before the season starts. King lasted four innings today, allowing just one run on three hits and striking out three. He had the two-seamer working, and it earned him control of the corners:
The world-famous Michael King 2-seamer ⚡⚡ pic.twitter.com/Sm1ydebMAV— A.J. Herrmann (@AJHerrmannYES) July 18, 2020
Honorable mention: Gio Urshela, for managing to play this game. The third baseman was seen leaving the field just before game time and there was some concern when trainer Steve Donohue had to check on him. It turned out that a baseball had managed to tag Urshela in the groin, and he was understandably in some discomfort for a bit after that.
Loser of the Game
After a performance like that, you won’t find any losers on the Yankees side. It’d be fair to call the Mets defense out here though, because they did not play a clean game. The home team coughed up four errors throughout the game, allowing two runs to score that could’ve been prevented.