Today's spring training game wasn't televised, so for all you know I'm making all this up. I promise I'm not. Even if we couldn't see what was going on, some interesting things still took place and they need to be discussed.
Nathan Eovaldi had a pretty strong outing, collecting five strikeouts against three hits in 4.2 innings of work. He also induced three ground outs against four fly outs and threw 60 of his 89 pitches for strikes. Despite the questions surrounding his abilities, Eovaldi has looked strong this spring. There are questions about his ability to strike hitters out, but so far he has 14 strikeouts this spring, the second highest on the team. Perhaps Larry Rothschild and the new splitter he's been working on have done the trick.
Alex Rodriguez saw his first game action at first base and so far so good. He managed to handle a routine throw to first base, made a backhand catch that he ultimately dropped, but was still able to throw to first for the out, and he caught a high throw from Stephen Drew. He was taken out after three innings as the plan was for him to get two at-bats.
The Yankees offense was pretty consistent all day long as they pecked away at the likes of Scott Feldman and Brad Peacock. After an uneventful first inning, the offense threatened in the second when Rob Refsnyder doubled. He moved to third on a fly ball and tried to steal on a shallow fly out, but ended up getting gunned out at the plate. As disappointing as that was to see (hear about?), Refsnyder ended up having a pretty big day in the end.
They got on the board in the third when Chase Headley launched a solo shot and then continued the scoring in the fourth inning. Alex Rodriguez singled, Refsnyder walked, and Slade Heathcott singled to score another run. Then Refsnyder scored on a wild pitch to make it 3–0. The offense broke things open in the sixth when Stephen Drew doubled, Refsnyder doubled, and Ramon Flores walked. Ref then stole third, Jonathan Galvez walked, and Chase Headley brought two more runs in with a single. They were then able to score a seventh run when John Ryan Murphy reached base on an error and Galvez came home to make it 7–0.
When it was all said and done, the Yankees combined for 11 hits and seven walks in all. Headley went 3-4 with three RBI and was a triple away from the cycle; Refsnyder collected two doubles, walked, and stole a base; and A-Rod singled and walked. Stephen Drew and Murphy both collected doubles while Brendan Ryan, Cole Figueroa, and Slade each had a single. Flores, Galvez, Mason Williams, Eric Jagielo, and Aaron Judge each walked once.
The bullpen was effective as well with Chase Whitley striking out the one batter he saw, and Esmil Rogers striking out two in 1.2 innings. Chasen Shreve went 1.1 innings and walked a batter while Jose Ramirez came in to close out the game, but didn't make it easy. He managed to strike out the first two hitters he faced, but then allowed a looping single off the end of the bat and a double before finally getting the third out without surrendering a run.
The Yankees take Monday off before returning on Tuesday with a 1:05 PM game against the Twins.