Billy McKinney, like Miguel Andujar, may start the year at AAA, but he, like Andujar, is making some kind of impression in Spring Training so far.
The 1B/OF hit an eighth-inning grand slam, and the Yankees got ten runs in the last two innings to defeat the Mets, 11-4, on Wednesday. The Yanks are 10-2 in spring training so far.
Trey Amburgey hit a 3-run HR in the ninth.
Domingo German started, and should have pitched three scoreless innings, but with the bases loaded and two out in the third, Estevan Florial made an error that allowed two runs to score.
Personally, I like German as the emergency starter over Luis Cessa. Of course, you have Chance Adams and Justus Sheffield, among others, still developing too.
The Yanks got one back in the fourth on singles by Tyler Austin and the red-hot Austin Romine, a passed ball that let Austin go to third, and an RBI groundout by Ronald Torreyes.
Travis d’Arnaud homered for the Mets in the fourth to make it 3-1. A couple of singles, an error by Yankees’ pitcher Dillon Tate and an RBI forceout made it 4-1 Mets in the sixth.
Then came six in the eighth and four in the ninth for the Yankees.
In the eighth, Abiatal Avelino singled with one out. Kyle Higashioka and Kyle Holder each singled to load the bases. Amburgey walked to force in a run, and an error forced in another before McKinney hit his grand slam.
In the ninth, Avelino singled and Higashioka hit a ground-rule double. Holder hit a pop-up single that dropped for a run, then Amburgey hit his 3-run HR.
The Yanks bashed out 17 hits.
One thing you notice late in these games, when it’s mostly AAA/AA kids playing, is how much the Yanks’ AA/AAA players seem to be better than the opponent’s.
Gardner 2 for 2 with a walk.
McKinney 1 for 1, grand slam, 4 RBI, with 2 walks.
Avelino 2 for 2.
Romine 2 for 3. Hitting .667 this spring training.
Higashioka 2 for 2.
Kyle Holder 2 for 2 with an RBI.
Amburgey 1 for 1 with a 3-run HR and bases-loaded walk. 4 RBI
German 2 2/3 IP, 2 R, both unearned, 1 H, 2 W, 5 K.
Heller 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Tate 2 IP, 1 R, unearned (his fielding error) 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Lail 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Coshow 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.