Spring Game 15: NYY vs. ATL — The Big Apple edges out The Big Peach in the shadow of the Mouse

Another day, another game, another win… not that I’m taking that for granted. The Yankees traveled to Kissimmee to visit the Braves at their Spring home nestled in the heart of the Disney sports complex.

Michael Pineda got the start for the Yankees today, going 3 innings. His lone struggle was in the 1st, a lead-off single scored on a nice double, and then that runner scored on another double, for Pineda’s only allowed hits and runs of his outing. The rest of the pitching staff had about the same luck.

Ben Heller and Chasen Shreve eased their way through the middle third of the game. Shreve having a spot of his own trouble in the 6th, when 2 walks scored on a big 2-out 3-run home run increasing the Braves’ runs on the board. Mantiply and Gurka closed out the final third of the game. Gurka found that same guy who troubled Shreve was set-up once again for a 2-run home run to eke the Braves close to the Yankees’ lead. But 3 outs later, no such luck for the boys from “The Big Peach” (yeah, I hate that nickname too).

That’s thanks in part to the 15 total hits the Yankees’ offense racked up over the course of the game against the Braves’ pitching staff. Brett Gardner got things started with a solo home run over the right field fence to kick off the game and the scoring today.

The Yankees held firm behind the Braves, down 2-1 until the 6th inning when Aaron Hicks’ kicked off a messy inning for the Braves (and pretty good inning for the Yankees) with a solid triple. He then scored on Austin Romine’s single. Torreyes hit what was supposed to be a sacrifice bunt, but a throwing error allowed he and Romine to be safely on base.

With Wade then loading the bases with a single, a single by Ruben Tejada scored one run, and a walk worked by Dustin Fowler scored another. Francisco Diaz hit a solid single to scored Wade and Tejada, and then Fowler scored on Clint Frazier’s ground out.

And in the 7th, with 1 out, Kozma worked a walk and then sped home on Gleyber Torres’ double to give the Yankees that extra run that made the difference in the game.

Final score: 8-7 Yankees.

World Baseball Classic news: Well, the leaders in Pool A (playing in Seoul) played each other to see who would take the first seed. It would be Team Israel as they defeated the Netherlands 4-2. Both teams advance to the next round of playoffs, held in Tokyo against the winners of Pool B.

The two losing teams in Pool A also played each other, the home team of South Korea beat Chinese Taipei 11-8. Over in Pool B, Australia trounced China 11-0. The winners of Pool B (and those advancing to the next round) will be determined by tomorrow morning after the next two games determine the top 2. Meanwhile over here in the Western Hemisphere, the WBC begins tonight as Canada faces the Dominican Republic and Mexico faces Italy.

Go Yankees!

{Media note: as it happens sometimes in the Spring season, the game was not broadcast, so the video clips available were limited to a single link. Sorry!}

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