Happ Dominates Again, but Yankees done in late

Spring Training- Yankees 1 VS Phillies 3


On a blazing, but windy afternoon at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Florida, the Yankees and Phillies squared off for another spring training duel… and a duel is indeed what we received throughout most of this one. The Yankees struck first in the second inning when Erik Kratz singled home Clint Frazier who doubled, adding another extra base hit to an already very impressive spring. After that, the boys in pinstripes were quiet on offense for the rest of the day as the Phillies were able to handle whoever they threw up there. Good thing it’s only spring training! Luckily, the pitching staff was able to make this a game worth watching for New York fans.


Once again J.A. Happ brought some more happy returns. He has been downright dominating all spring coming in with a 1.00 ERA and leaving today’s game with a 1.38 ERA, giving both manager Aaron Boone and Yankees fans some ease despite injuries to James Paxton and Luis Severino. With he and Masahiro Tanaka rolling behind superstar ace Gerrit Cole, the rotation should be able to hold up until Paxton returns, if they can pitch like they have when the games start to count. Happ undoubtedly struggled last year, but so far this spring we have seen him attack the zone with great location, racking up 16 punch outs through just 13 innings of work in total. Part of the success has been his ability to get the inside strike on righties instead of leaving the ball over the plate. Aside from the K’s, he was also able to get a lot of outs on ground balls, which will play well at Yankee Stadium. He did make one big mistake to outfielder Mikie Mahtook which ended up leaving the ballpark in a hurry. Overall, Happ gave up 1 earned run and 3 hits without walking anybody, while striking out 5 in 4 innings of work. Not bad from the projected number 3 starter in the rotation to start the season.


Next came in Aroldis Chapman, making his second appearance of the spring. His control was not impeccable, but he was able to use his filthy stuff to avoid taking any damage, striking out 1 and giving up 1 walk in the bottom of the 5th inning.


Following Chappy, the Yankees saw a little more from Michael King. King has shown flashes this spring, but overall looks like he needs a little more seasoning in the minors before being a sure-fire rotation candidate. He gave up a lot of baserunners but was able to induce 3 ground ball double plays to limit the damage. He did however give up a two-run home run to catcher Christian Bethancourt. King has very good command and will eventually be a major league pitcher, but as of now appears to be too hittable and needs to work on his two-strike put-away pitch before that happens. He wasn’t able to escape his third inning of work giving up 2 runs on 4 hits with 1 walk, without striking anybody out and ultimately was saddled with the loss. As of now he appears to have lost some ground against Deivi Garcia, Jonathan Loaisiga and Clarke Schmidt in the competition for the 5th spot in the rotation.



1- ground out (1), hit (1) infield single, K (1) looking, K (2) looking

2- pop out (1), K (3) swinging, K (4) looking

3- pop out (2), hit (2) HR (score: 1-1), fly out (1), hit (3) double, ground out (2)

4- ground out (3), ground out (4), K (5) swinging

Dominate spring, 1.00 ERA [pre-game] 1.38 ERA [post-game]

Great location

Inside strike on righties

16 K/13INN

Lots of strikeouts and ground outs, good for Yankee Stadium



5- walk (1), fly out (1), fly out (2), K (1) swinging

Second appearance of spring

Effectively wild



6- hit (1) single, walk (1), ground out (1) double play, fly out (1)

7- line out (1), reached on error, ground out (2) double play

8- hit (2) single, hit (3) 2 run HR (score: 3-1), hit (4) single, ground out (3) double play

Great 2018, injury plagued 2019

Good command

Needs to work on put-away pitch

Appears to be hittable

Three double plays



8- ground out



BRETT GARDNER (1-2)- ground out, single, walk,


JOSH STOWERS- walk, walk


GIO URSHELA (0-3)- K swinging, fly out, fielder’s choice,


WILKERMAN GARCIA (1-2)- single, K swinging


MIKE FORD (0-2)- pop out, walk, fly out


JOSH THOLE (0-1)- walk, K looking


CLINT FRAZIER (1-3 R)- double, K looking, K swinging

Another XBH


PABLO OLIVARES (0-2)- K swinging, ground out


CHRIS IANNETTA (0-3)- fly out, K looking, K swinging


DERMIS GARCIA (0-1)- pop out,


ROSELL HERRERA (0-2)- hit by pitch, fly out, line out,


EZEQUIEL DURAN (1-1)- single,


THOMAS MILONE (1-3)- fly out, triple, K swinging

Great compact swing


OSWALD PERAZA (0-1)- fly out,


ERIK KRATZ (1-3 RBI)- RBI single (score: 1-0), fly out, ground out




KYLE HOLDER (0-3)- line out, K swinging, K swinging

Great defense throughout the game


ISIAH GILLIAM (0-1)- fly out,

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