The Yankees bats had a great day, but it was the pitching that allowed it all to fall apart. After accumulating six runs against just one from the Phillies, the team managed to give it all up in the end for a 7-6 loss. This is just spring training, and those who are to blame won’t be on the Opening Day roster, but it’s still disheartening to see.
In his first outing of the spring, Luis Severino pitched fairly well. He threw 52 pitches over 3.1 innings and struck out three batters. Severino ultimately allowed three hits and a walk, but he looked far better than his line shows. In the fourth inning, Aroldis Chapman came in with one out and a man on second, he then allowed a hit that scored a run. He also struck out two batters in his outing.
The Yankees offense then dominated the game from the bottom of the fourth until the sixth inning. They first got on the board after Gary Sanchez walked and Didi Gregorius hit a pretty impressive home run to right field. Brandon Drury then doubled and Erik Kratz managed to knock in the run to make it a 3-1 game.
Things blew up in the fifth when Aaron Hicks walked, Aaron Judge reached on an error, and Greg Bird walked. Giancarlo Stanton knocked one against the wall for a sharp single, but it managed to score two runs. Gary then brought in another run to up it to six on the day. It seemed like the Yankees were well on their way to winning this one, but the pitching just couldn’t hold up.
Justus Sheffield had a poor outing this afternoon, allowing three runs on three hits in 1.2 innings of work. Despite his potential, Sheffield has not had an easy time of it so far. He was relieved by Wade LeBlanc, who basically pooped the bed and gave up another three runs on three hits over two innings. He is probably not going to make the team. The Yankees gave up the lead in the eighth, and the lineup was just not able to fight back.
Of note, it’s good to see Aaron Hicks get a hit and collect two walks today. Since Jacoby Ellsbury is out with an oblique injury, Hicks basically has a clear path to the starting job, but he still has to produce. Hopefully he will prove that his success last year in between injury stints wasn’t a fluke.
Brandon Drury collected two hits on the day, showing that he is currently locked in with the bat. However, his defense at third will have to be something to watch because he booted a ball in the fourth that seemed to be a routine play. The error directly led to the first run of the game.
Tyler Wade also managed to hit safely, however, he was caught trying to steal second base. He has been a far more effective hitter this spring than he was during his time with the big league team. We know he is incredibly gifted in the speed department, he just needs to be more careful about when he runs.
The Yankees travel to play the Braves tomorrow night. The game will not be televised.