Jordan Montgomery and Domingo German pitched great in the Yanks’ 2-1 win over the Twins Thursday afternoon. The win puts the Yankees’ spring training record at 15-11-1.
Montgomery gave up just one run in six innings, and German pitched three scoreless hitless innings in the win.
Yesterday, I advocated that Jonathan Holder should be the last bullpen guy and that the Yanks should continue to stretch out German at AAA and utilize German as the emergency sixth starter when necessary. German did nothing today to make me change my mind that he should be the first guy they turn to in case one of the rotation members goes down.
Being it was a road game, and a 2 1/2 hour bus trip each way, most of the regulars stayed back in Tampa. For example, Tyler Wade batted third.
The Yanks got on the board first on a second inning HR by Billy McKinney. He only has six hits this spring, but five were HR.
The Twins tied it in the bottom of the fifth, but in the top of the sixth, a Tyler Austin double and Austin Romine single was the combination for the winning run.
Jacoby Ellsbury finally got into a game after his oblique trouble, and went 0 for 2 with a walk. He will probably be put on extended spring training since he has missed most of spring training and most likely won’t be ready for Opening Day.
Abiatal Avelino 1 for 1.
Austin had 2 hits.
Shane Robinson had 2 hits.
Montgomery 6 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 1 W, 2 K.
German (S) 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.