The Yanks finally lost a S.T. game, 9-6 (not that spring training results matter), to drop to 5-1 on the exhibition season, but Gary Sanchez hit an absolute bomb of a HR in the game.
The lineup looked like what could be the Opening Day lineup: Gardner, Judge, Stanton, Sanchez, Bird, Didi, Hicks, Drury and Torres. I would move Bird, a lefty hitter, up, to split up the three righty bats of Judge, Stanton and Sanchez, but have no complaints if manager Aaron Boone wants those three right in a row.
Sanchez hit a two-run bomb, over the “o” of the scoreboard announcing George M. Steinbrenner field, in the first inning.C
Luis Cessa, who will probably start at AAA, and serve as rotation insurance in case of injury, had a good first inning, struggled in the second (not giving up a run), but came unglued in the third.
Single, single, error by Torres (who made a couple nice plays later) for a run, then gave up a 3-run HR.
The Tigers got a run in the sixth off Betances and another in the eighth off of Will Carter.
6-2 heading into the bottom of the eighth.
With two out, Erik Kratz was HBP and both Ryan McBroom and Tyler Wade walked. Estevan Florial singled in two.
One thing I’ve seen about the 20 yr. old Florial, who probably is slated for High-A Tampa, is that this kid can fly. Two triples so far in spring training. Probably two or three years away from the majors, but can he run. CF of the future (no offense to Hicks or Ellsbury).
His single made it 6-4. He stole 2nd and went to third on a WP that enabled Wade to score. He then scored on another WP to tie the game.
Michael King gave up three runs in the top of the ninth to lose the game for the Yanks, 9-6.
The Yanks only got five hits in the game, 2 by Stanton (inc. a double that hit the fence), 2 by Sanchez (inc. the bomb of a HR) and the one by Florial.
Cessa 2+ IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 H, 1 W, 2 K, 1 K.
Warren 3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Betances 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Lail 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Carter 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K.
King (L) 0 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 W, 0 K.
Schwaab 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Even though I do the minor league reports all year long, I have no clue who Will Carter and Michael King are.
Carter, 25, RHP, went 3-1, 3.26 in 15 games (six starts) for AA Trenton last year.
King, a 22 yr. old RHP, was in Low A for the Marlins last year, going 11-9, 3.14.
Remember that often in spring training, games are decided at the end by players who will be starting the season in maybe AA or lower.
Rudy Regalado, a backup INF for the 1954 pennant winning Cleveland Indians, has passed away at the age of 87.