S.T. Game 35. Yanks lose final spring training game, 8-5. Ex-SS Amaro dies.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks and Braves opened up the Braves’ new stadium (saw some of it on MLB, looked really nice) with the Braves winning 8-5 thanks to a Baltimore chop base hit, an error and a bloop 3-run double.

A little bad luck.

The Yanks finish spring training at 25-9-1. Now the regular season starts Sunday and the games count.

Greg Bird got the first HR in the place (albeit, an exhibition game) with a 2-run blow in the third inning.

Michael Pineda was, well, Michael Pineda. So much promise but that one big mistake. So often last year he gave up the big hit with two out, and in the third, with two out, he gave up a 3-run HR to Freddie Freeman. You really wonder if it’s a concentration issue. It’s something he has to correct.

Dustin Fowler doubled in two in the top of the sixth to put the Yanks up 4-3, but then Atlanta got five runs, all unearned, in the bottom half of the inning as manager Girardi sent in bullpen guys to just get them work. For example, Aroldis Chapman faced just one batter, and he struck him out. Tommy Layne faced one batter, and he got him out. Then the roof fell in between Betances, Holder, the error by 3B Miguel Andujar and the bloop 3-run double that fell between four fielders.

Chris Carter homered in the seventh for the final score of 8-5.

Gary Sanchez was 2 for 2, hitting a double that just missed going out. Greg Bird was also 2 for 2, with that 2-run HR mentioned earlier. Sanchez hit .373 for the spring, Bird .451.  They’ll cool off, obviously, but it shows how much potential these two youngsters have.

Some guys that had rough springs that you hope heat up are Gardner, Headley and Carter.

Pineda 5 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 1 walk, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Chapman (H) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Layne (H) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K.
Betances (L) 0 IP, 2 R (both unearned), 2 H, 0 walks, 0 K.
Holder (BS) 1/3 IP, 3 R (all unearned), 1 H, 2 walks, 0 K.
Mitchell 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Shreve 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Heller 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K.

Ruben Amaro, the main SS on the 1967 Yankees team, died yesterday at the age of 81. Your typical good field/no hit SS of the 1960s, he was also on the 1964 Phillies team that “Pholded” at the end of the season. He was with the Cardinals in 1958, the Phils from 1960-1965, the Yankees from 1966-1968, and finished his major league career with the Angels in 1969.

A .234 career hitter with eight major league home runs and an OPS+ of 71, his best year was in 1964 for the Phillies, when he hit .264-4-34, all career highs, OPS+ 84, and won a Gold Glove. He also finished 21st in MVP voting. He had 299 at bats in 129 games. Primarily a SS, Amaro played all infield positions and even one game in LF in his career.

His Yankees’ tenure consisted of 191 games, 130 of which were in 1967 when he was the team’s primary SS, hitting .223-1-17, OPS+ 70, in a career high 417 at bats.

After his playing career ended he worked for the Phillies for many years, and expressed his desire to be buried in his Phillies uniform.

His son, Ruben Amaro, Jr., became a major league player himself, later served as the Phillies’ GM, and is now the first base coach for the Red Sox.



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