Yankees Surge In The 9th: Beat Slumbering Astros 6-4
The Yankees, with some timely hitting, watched as the Houston Astros imploded in the 9th inning allowing the Bombers to score a come from behind 6-4 victory.
The Yankees found another way to win this afternoon by letting their opponent, in this case, the Houston Astros, beat themselves. Scoring three runs in the top of the 9th inning, the Yankees watched as the Astros put on a Little League show throwing the ball anywhere but where it’s supposed to go.
Compiling only eight hits for the day, the Yankees offense was led by Chase Headley, who suddenly appears to be waking up, contributing two hits and two RBI. In a new twist to their offense, the team stole four bases off Houston pitching.
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Meanwhile, Yankees pitchers enjoyed a spirited defense as Aaron Hicks threw out a runner at home and Aaron Judge nailed Brian McCann trying to stretch a single into a double.
Giovanny Gallegos got the win, and Jason Gurka pitched the ninth to earn the save. Earlier, it was Adam Warren who started the game pitching into the fourth inning allowing only one run and finishing the game with a 3.09 ERA.
Continuing to struggle and putting his spot in the starting rotation in jeopardy, Luis Severino earned himself a blown save by allowing six hits and three earned runs over 3.1 innings.
The Tedium Of Spring Training Sets In
With today’s victory, the Bombers improved their Preseason record to 17-6. And while a win is better than a loss, the tedium of spring training is setting in. MLB’s highly promoted World Baseball Classic tournament prompted the addition of a week to the preseason schedule, and its effects are beginning to show in the rather lackluster performance by both teams today.
With Opening Day still two weeks away, Yankees regulars are more than ready to begin the “real” season and the only intrigue remaining is to watch the cuts the Yankees make as the days wear on.
Nevertheless, Joe Girardi will get his “curiosity” about Jordan Montgomery settled when the 6’7″ leftie takes the mound for a start, most likely on Wednesday or Thursday. With Severino faltering, there’s still an outside chance that Montgomery (also a lefty) can replace him in the rotation.
Clint Frazier, Billy McKinney, and Aaron Judge will get more at-bats to help decide which one of them will get the nod as a fourth outfielder, assuming Aaron Hicks wins the job in right field.
Tyler Wade and Rob Refsnyder will also learn their fate as the team decides which, if either, remains with the team as an off the bench style player. Tyler Austin stays in the background as he continues his rehab from a foot injury suffered in the first days of spring training.
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Where To Tomorrow
The Yankees will stay on the road to face the Washington Nationals in a contest scheduled to begin on Monday at 1:05 p.m. EST. The team has won eight of 12 games they’ve played on the road this spring, and the game will feature the insurgent force of Bryce Harper, who is displaying the MVP-caliber of play of two seasons ago.