Wednesday night the Yankees played their first televised spring game under the lights at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa Florida. They welcomed in an interleague foe in the Pittsburgh Pirates. This marked the second time these two clubs faced off this spring with the Pirates taking the first matchup by a score of 3-2. This game would yield a different outcome however as the Yankees got on board quickly and were backed up by a solid full staff effort.
Yanks Get on the Board Early
After a 10-pitch first inning from starter Domingo German, the Yankees looked to get off to a fast start with the bats. That is exactly what they did as DJ LeMahieu led off the game with a bouncer that got through the middle. This was then followed by an Aaron Judge single that was hit on the screws the other way. LeMahieu would move to third on the play. Veteran outfielder Brett Gardner would step to the plate and lift a sacrifice fly to left field to give the Yankees an early lead. The inning would end shortly after however.
Domingo Dominates in Second Outing
The aforementioned Domingo German made yet another strong case in his bid for the 5th starter spot in the rotation. While his spot in the rotation isn’t guaranteed he is certainly making a strong case for himself. Tonight German tossed three solid innings while only allowing one hit. He would also fan three batters.
Yanks go Yard in the Third
The Yankees broke out the big lumber in what feels like the first time this spring. They put up a four-spot on the back of two home runs. Judge and Gardner both singled to open the inning. This brought the 2017 National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton to the plate. While I’m sure some people doubted him he delivered in a big way. He demolished a 420-foot home run. Young phenom Gleyber Torres took the next pitch out to left-center field.
Wilson’s Woeful 6th
Reliever Justin Wilson made his official return to Pinstripes and it did not go very well. Wilson gave up five runs and only recorded one out on 22 pitches.
Walk leads to a win
After the four-run 3rd, the Yankees bats went quiet until the 8th inning. Mike Ford led off the inning with a sharp single into center field. From there a hit-by-pitch on Robinson Chirinos and two walks from Trey Amburgey and Ezequiel Duran drove in the winning run. Mike King tossed two scoreless innings in relief of Chad Green to close it out.