The New York Yankees are rolling. The Yankees winning streak extended to six games with a 4-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies this afternoon in Tampa. Led by strong pitching from Domingo German, and a multi-hit game for Giancarlo Stanton, New York won their tenth game of the spring. Yankees radio announcer John Sterling joined Michael Kay for the YES Network broadcast today as well. This was the first time in 20 seasons where Sterling and Kay did a game together.
German Continues To Excel
Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German yet again put together a dominant outing. German went 4 innings giving up 3 hits, walking one batter, and striking out six while giving up no runs. German looked very strong in his 4 innings of work, including a 1-2-3 inning in the top of the third. So far this spring German has put up really impressive numbers. He has thrown 9 full innings this spring allowing 5 hits, 0 runs, walking one batter, and striking out 13. The fifth spot in the Yankees starting rotation is still up for grabs, and the favorites are German and rookie Deivi Garcia. German has been churning out some rotation caliber material this spring, and it will be interesting to see who earns the job.
Yankees Draw First Blood
Philadelphia made a pitching change heading into the bottom of the 4th inning. Archie Bradley came in to relieve starting pitcher Chase Anderson. Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres led off, and poked a single into center field. Jay Bruce lined out to center for the first out, and Gio Urshela came to the plate. Torres stole second during this at-bat, in which Urshela grounded out to third. Gary Sanchez came up to bat next, and he delivered. Sanchez hit a single to left field, and Torres came home to score giving the Yankees a 1-0 lead. The Yankees catcher has been putting together a solid spring so far. Sanchez is batting .278 with 5 hits, 3 RBI’s, and 3 HRs through 9 games. Sanchez also looks more comfortable at the plate, putting together quality at-bats.
Michael King Comes In
Michael King came out to start the 5th inning for New York. He sat the Phillies down 1-2-3, striking out C.J. Chatham and Jeff Mathis. The 6th inning was a lot different than the 5th though. King was struggling in the 6th, giving up a solo home run to Rhys Hoskins to tie the game at 1. Former Yankee shortstop Didi Gregorius followed up the Hoskins blast with a double down the right-field line. King was in a bit of trouble after giving up two hits, with Gregorius in scoring position.
Jean Segura drew a walk in the next at-bat, with runners now on first and second. A wild pitch then moved Gregorius to third and Luis Garcia to second. Garcia came on as a pinch-runner for Segura. King got Odubel Herrera to fly out and Scott Kingery to ground out, keeping the game tied at 1 heading into the bottom half of the 6th.
Yankees Take The Lead
The Yankees made some adjustments heading into the 7th, replacing DJ LeMahieu with Andrew Velazquez, and replacing Aaron Judge with Socrates Brito. Greg Allen led off the inning with a walk, and Velazquez followed with a walk as well. Brito grounded out but advanced Allen to third and Velazquez to second. Ryan LaMarre reached base on a fielder’s choice, where Allen was thrown out at home. LaMarre advanced to second on the play as well.
New York had runners in scoring position for Giancarlo Stanton, who has been hitting the ball hard this spring. Stanton ripped a single to center field, scoring Velazquez and LaMarre. The Yankees broke the tie and took a 3-1 lead. Austin Wells replaced Stanton on the basepaths. Rob Brantly drove in another Yankees run with a single to right field. Wells came around to score from second, and New York now had a 4-1 lead going into the eighth.
Garcia And Cortes Close The Door For A Yankees Win
Luis Garcia came on for the Yankees to relieve Mike King in the 8th. Garcia sent the Phillies down in order. Nestor Cortes then entered the game in the 9th to close out the game. Luis Garcia led off the 9th for Philadelphia with a single, but Cortes got the next two batters out. With Philadelphia down to their final strike, Luke Williams stroked a single to right field, scoring Garcia, cutting the Yankees lead to 4-2. Cortes got the next batter Johan Rojas to strike out swinging to end the ballgame. The Yankees won their sixth game in a row, defeating the Phillies 4-2. New York now leads the Grapefruit League, in first place with a 10-4-1 record. The Yankees are back in action tomorrow at 1:05 PM vs the Detroit Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland.