Well, today was another nice day in Florida, a cool, clear afternoon to play some baseball in the last few bits of Spring Training. Of course, back in New York, the city and stadium are digging themselves out from underneath the latest snow storm. The Yankees took themselves about 2.5 hours (or 143 miles) down the Gulf Coast to visit the Twins in Fort Myers.
Jordan Montgomery got the start in today’s game, throwing an impressive 6 strong innings. He kept the Twins from doing much damage all afternoon, with a single exception. In the 5th, he gave up 3 consecutive singles to load up the bases before getting the first out of the inning, a fly out. A sacrifice fly scored one run and moved the other runners into scoring position, but a fly out ended that threat. Those 3 allowed hits were half of Montgomery’s allowed hit all 6 innings. This certainly sets him up to be a rather interesting cog in this season’s rotation.
Domingo German also put up his case as to why they should pick him (over Holder) for the final bullpen spot. In his 3 innings today, he kept the Twins scoreless and hitless. In other words, he was dominant and a completely valid contender for what could be long-term relief in 2018.
Meanwhile, the Twins pitching staff became a rotating door as it certainly kept the Yankees from doing much of anything today as well. Billy McKinney kicked off the minimal scoring today with a 2-out solo home run into the right field seating area in the 2nd inning. After the Twins tied things up in the 5th, the Yankees came back in the top of the 6th. With 2 outs, Tyler Austin doubled and then scored on Austin Romine’s long single to give the Yankees the slim lead.
Final score: 2-1 Yankees
Next up: the Yankees will host their annual big rivalry game as the Red Sox come north to Tampa to face off for an afternoon game. Masahiro Tanaka currently listed as the starting pitcher for the game.
Yet another lighter side: Another commercial was released today for the Yankees. This time, it stars Dellin Betances, Masahiro Tanaka, and David Robertson (with a cameo from a familiar face to regular Spring Training fans). It’s all in the release, guys.