The Yankees were one out and one strike away from dropping their Grapefruit League opener to the Phillies with one of their top prospects in Aaron Judge at the plate. Judge, who has sometimes drawn comments about not showing his incredible power potential in actual games, ripped a pitch to left field that landed just over the wall and out of reach of the leaping outfielder. Jake Cave and Slade Heathcott came around to score on the dinger and the game was tied at five. Chasen Shreve came on to work the bottom of the ninth for New York, holding the Phillies scoreless. The decision to not play extras is not uncommon in spring training, and that was the decision today.
Adam Warren was solid in his spring training debut. He pitched two scoreless innings, giving up only one hit. Luis Severino came on in relief of Warren in his first Yankees spring training. His first inning of work included two strikeouts and hitting 95 mph on the gun. Some unfortunate luck plagued him during his second frame and he was pulled after managing to only get one out and allowing four hits. One of Severino's runners scored on a sac fly after Diego Moreno entered the game, bringing his earned run total to two in his debut.
Nick Goody, Jacob Lindgren, and Branden Pinder completed the parade from the bullpen. They each recorded one strikeout and Lindgren allowed two more Phillies runs. Someone somewhere is ready to call him a bust, I'm sure, but do keep in mind that this was just the first game of spring training and panicking is not something that should be on your mind right now.
Offensively, the Yankees scored their first run of the game on an RBI by Jose Pirela that plated Garrett Jones. Cave drove in their second run just before Judge tied the score with his home run. Greg Bird singled and doubled in his spring training debut. Mason Williams also doubled with a liner off the wall. In his first game, Rob Refsnyder worked a walk and committed a throwing error at second base. He launched a ball into the stands on a pretty routine play. It seems that the opinion he needs more time in the minors to work on his defense may not be that unfounded.
Yankee regulars Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner each went hitless in their first game of spring training. Presumed fourth outfielder Chris Young picked up the team's first hit of the spring with a single in the first inning. Good to see that he recovered from striking out against a pitching machine named Iron Mike during the Yankees' intrasquad game yesterday.
The Yankees will take on the Phillies again tomorrow at 1:05 pm in their spring home opener at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa. You can catch the game on MLB Network or MLB.tv.