The way was finally over! After four long months, Yankees baseball was finally back! The Yankees took on their division rival Toronto Blue Jays in their first of 28 spring training games. Although the Blue Jays won 6-4 in seven innings, there was still a lot to take away from the Yankee’s first spring training game although it ended in a loss. Here are some takeaways from today’s spring opener.
Michael King Struggles in Two Innings of Work for Yankees
The main prize this spring among starters is who will earn the fifth starter position in the Yankees rotation. Michael King, one of the pitchers eyeing the spot, made his first start of the spring this season and had a tough time getting going. Marcus Semien‘s one-out single would start an inning that would see the Blue Jays scored two runs. A Rowdy Tellez ground-rule double would bring home both Semien and Bo Bichette. And in the very next inning, King would be snake-bitten again when Cavan Biggio singled in another. King would finish his start pitching two innings, allowing three runs on three hits. King also walked two, hit two batters, and struck out won. Safe to say it wasn’t the start King was hoping for.
Blue Jays Offense adds, Take 5-0 Lead
The Blue Jays offense did not let up even after Michael King was pulled. In the 3rd inning, the Yankees would bring in Asher Wojciechowski to pitch the 3rd, and he would struggle just as much as Michael King did, in his one inning of work, Wojciechowski would allow one run on three hits. the run coming off a Jonathan Davis single. And in the fourth inning, the Blue Jays would add another run. The Yankees brought in former Miami Marlins reliever Kyle Barraclough for the fourth, who, like the two pitchers before him, would give up another run when Lourdes Gurriel Jr singled in another run, giving the Blue Jays a 5-0 lead going into the bottom of the fourth.
Yankees Bats Get Going
It took until the fourth inning for the Yankees to even get a hit. Superstar DJ LeMahieu got the first hit of the spring when he hit a line drive right through the infield. LeMahieu would be replaced with Andrew Velazquez who came to pinch run for DJ. Velazquez would score when Luke Voit hit into an error that would make the score 5-1. The next inning, the Yankees put the ball into the stands twice. Rob Brantly would hit the Yankee’s first home run of the spring, bringing in two runs on a two-run homer. And the very next batter, Mike Tauchman, followed up with a solo home run of his own. The Yankees, who were down 5-0 just two innings ago, had brought the game back to 5-4. However, it was too much to overcome for the Bronx Bombers as the Blue Jays would add an extra run on a Logan Warmoth home run in the seventh. That would turn out to be the final run of the game as the Blue Jays would take the game 6-4.
Tomorrow at 1 PM. The Yankees will remain at Steinbrenner Field and will take on the Detroit Tigers. Tomorrow’s game will feature Gerrit Cole as the starter, and will also feature newly acquired Jameson Tallion as the second pitcher to appear. That game will be broadcasted on YES Network at 1 PM.