The young pitching did pretty well today, as for the first 7 innings, Nova, Phelps, Banuelos and Betances gave up 2 R, 1 ER, on 3 H. Nice to see.
Curtis Granderson had a double and a solo HR. In 3 at bats so far this spring, CG has a single, double and HR.
CG, DeWayne Wise and Cole Garner had two hits each. Garner, like CG, went yard.
In the first, Granderson doubled (nice to see him rip a double off a tough lefty in Hamels…remember when CG had trouble vs. lefties?) and Ibanez blooped a double.
Nova was pretty good today, I thought. In the first, Nunez made an error (shades of last season) and Nova gave up a HR on a 3-0 pitch. The Phils gave Pence the green light, Nova was trying to throw a strike…
It was very windy at Clearwater today. Anyway, Nova, for the first time out, threw some nice breaking pitches. 2 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K.
Granderson’s HR tied it in the 3rd.
David Phelps pitched two scoreless innings. Overshadowed by the killer B’s, Banuelos and Betances, Phelps is a decent prospect in his own right (25, 7-7, 2.99 last year, Rk/AAA). 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K.
Banuelos came in and had a 1-2-3 fifth. In the sixth, he ran into trouble. He gave up a one-out double, and with two out, walked two batters to load the bases. Girardi stuck with him, which I liked. After all, it is just spring training. Let’s see what moxie the kid (21 later this month) has. Let’s see him work his way out of it. It’s how he learns. Banuelos got a popup.
Banuelos 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 walks, 0 K.
Meanwhile, in the top of the sixth, Cole Garner doubled and Jorge Vazquez singled to give the Yanks a 3-2 win. Banuelos would end up getting the win. It was a nice piece of hitting by Vazquez, who went the other way with two strikes on him.
Garner, 27, is an OF that was in Colorado’s system. In 46 minor league games last year, he hit .330-8-35 (AAA). At AAA in 2010, he hit .304-13-61. He was .288-16-64 for AA in 2010. He only has had a cup of tea in the majors, going 2 for 9, six strikeouts, 3 RBI last year. He is a .286 hitter in the minors. Garner most likely won’t make the team, and is probably AAA bound, but putting up a good impression now could lead to a callup in case of injury come midseason.
In the top of the 7th, Dickerson doubled, Wise got an RBI single, and Garner hit a 2-run HR. 6-2, Yanks.
Dellin Betances struggled a bit in the bottom of the 7th. He threw eight consecutive balls to walk the first two hitters before getting a DP and a flyout.
Settle down, Dellin. 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks, 0 K.
So today we saw 7 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 hits from Nova (25, 16-4, 3.70 for the Yanks last year), Phelps (see above, 25), Banuelos (see above, 21 in a few days) and Betances (24 in a few weeks) combined. That was very encouraging.
Cesar Cabral, a rule 5 lefty from Boston, pitched the 8th. Flyout, single, flyout, single, flyout. 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 0 K.
In the 9th, Dickerson walked, Wise singled, and Zoilo Almonte (he of yesterday’s 4 RBI) hit a 2-run double. Nice from Almonte, probably AA bound. (22, .276-15-77, 18 SB at A+/AA last year). 8-2.
Lefty Mike O’Connor finished up with a sloppy 9th. 1 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 walk and 1 K for the final score of 8-5.
Garcia starts tomorrow. Halladay for the Phils.