Phillies met with the Yankees at GM Steinbrenner field for an exhibition game. In this game, the Yankees started left handed pitcher Jordan Montgomery. The Phillies started right handed pitcher Zack Wheeler. This was eighth game of spring training and the Yankees was record was 3-3-1 before this game. Montgomery will be the Yankees fourth starter this season. This spring training start was a good tune-up before the season begins on April 1st. He went three scoreless innings with 2 hits and one strike out. This is an encouraging start for Montgomery as he is looking to have a rebound season.
The Yankees pitchers fed off Montgomery’s outing as they went on to pitch 7 scoreless innings. Jonathan Loaisiga and Lucas Luetge went 2 innings each. Nick Goody, Kyle Barraclough, and Brooks Kriske all pitched an inning each. This spring so far, Luetge has stood as a guy who could potentially make the team out of spring training. The Yankees hope to continue to get this type of pitching for the upcoming regular season.
In the second inning the veteran outfielder Brett Gardner hit a grand slam. This gave the Yankees a 4-0 lead. Gardner could play an important role as a backup outfielder and a left handed hitter. It is also important to note Giancarlo Stanton had a successful day at the plate as he had two doubles that were hit hard. If he is healthy, Stanton should have a very productive season. Gary Sanchez, who had a dismal season last year had a nice opposite field single. The Yankees will keep a close eye on Sanchez this spring. That’s all runs the Bombers needed as they beat the Phillies 4-0. Next game for the Yankees is Tuesday at 1:05pm against the Tigers in Lakeland Florida.