The Yankees play their second spring training game after losing their first game against division rivals, the Blue Jays. Gerrit Cole took the mound to start the game against A.J Hinch and the Detroit Tigers. There were many familiar names that were in today’s lineup who are fighting for a spot in the roster.
Gerrit Cole Pitches One Inning For The Yankees
Ace Pitcher Gerrit Cole pitches for the first time live in front of Yankee fans at George M Steinbrenner Field. Cole starts the day with a hit against Robbie Grossman. This followed by a flyout to left fielder Jay Bruce who made a spectacular catch that would’ve been hit off the wall to keep the runner at first. Tigers’ Greg Garcia then grounds into a force out to second base, allowing him to be safe at first base. Afterward, Cole gave up a single to Wilson Ramos that moved Garcia to third base. Niko Goodrum singles to right field allowing Garcia to score, 1-0 Tigers. Cole gives up a walk to Riley Greene but then strikes out Jake Rogers to come out of a bases-loaded jam. Gerrit Cole leaves the game with 28 pitchers, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, and 1 K.
Jameson Taillon Pitches A Shut Out Inning
Jameson Taillon makes his 2021 spring training debut as well. He starts off the inning by quickly striking out Daniel Pinero. He then makes both Derek Hill and Robbie Grossman fly out to center fielder Aaron Hicks. Taillon pitchers an outstanding 1-2-3 inning with 1 SO, 0 walks, and hits while staying under eight pitches. He then goes to the bullpen to finish his pitching count.
The Bats Wake Up
The Yankees were down 3-0 following by the 2 run home run given up by Jhoulys Chacin. Gary Sanchez is the talk in the Yankee world because of how bad he was in 2020. Sanchez gets the offense going by hitting a long home run against Gregory Soto in the bottom of the third inning. It was important that he did that after the offense started off slow by stranded bases from walks. Aaron Hicks came up with 2 walks before getting subbed out. During the bottom of the 5th inning against Zack Hess, Socrates Brito doubles to lead off the inning. Trey Amburgey walks and Armando Alvarez was hit by a curveball. Bases loaded one out, Chris Gittens steps into the box with hopes to get RBIs. Gittens hits a 3-2 count grand slam bomb against the Tigers to be up, 5-3 Yankees.
The Bullpen Shows Up
After Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon pitched two good innings, it’s time to call the relief pitchers. Jhoulys Chacin walks Greg Garcia followed by a 2 run home run to Wilson Ramos. Chacin walks the next batter, Niko Goodrum. Riley Greene hits a single that sends Goodrum to third base. Chacin eventually walks out of the inning from a strikeout against Jake Rogers and a ground ball by Daniel Pinero.
In the top of the fourth inning, Nick Nelson comes in and has a 1-2-3 inning. He stayed in the game for the 5th inning forcing a ground out against Kody Clemens and Akil Baddoo. Niko Goodrum singles against Nelson. Nick Nelson strikes out Wilson Ramos to end the inning. Nestor Cortes Jr. shows up in the top of the sixth inning who pitched a shut-out inning. Afterward, Albert Abreu was called in the top of the seventh inning to close the game. Zack Short hits a single to left field. Followed by a lineout by Kody Clemens. Abreu then gives up a double to Dillon Dingler, moving Short to third base. Short eventually scores off a wild pitch, Yankees, 5-4. Abreu makes Aderlin Rodriguez fly out and Akil Baddoo ground out to Tyler Wade to win it, 5-4.
The next spring training game is tomorrow March 2nd at 1 PM. Jordan Montgomery will be pitching against the Baltimore Orioles in Ed Smith Stadium. Manager Aaron Boone stated that Giancarlo Stanton will be playing in this game. This game will not be televised on YES Network.