“Cole-Train” Rolls Along, “Gumby” Perfect Through Four in Yankees loss

Yankees 2 VS Blue Jays 4

 

On another beautiful day in Tampa, Florida, at George M. Steinbrenner Field, the New York Yankees took on the Toronto Blue Jays in a Spring Training matchup which featured several Yankees every day positional players and rotation starters. For the second day in a row, the Yankees offense was a bit lackadaisical, while the arms for the most part were alive and well. It wasn’t until the fourth inning when the Yankees were finally able to reach base against opposing starting pitcher Tanner Roark, courtesy of a DJ LeMahieu double. DJ looks ready for the season and he ended up coming around to score on a Gleyber Torres sacrifice fly. They did not strike again until the bottom of the 7th via a Kyle Higashioka solo homerun. There is no doubt that there’s some cause for alarm here as the lineup wasn’t too far off of what we could see come opening day with Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Hicks and now possibly Gary Sanchez missing the start of the season.

 

Wow. Gerrit Cole was every bit the bonafide superstar ace the Yankees signed this offseason. He did give up a run in the first, but he put it on cruise control from then on out. Cole struck out 6 in 3 and 1/3 innings of work, giving up 1 run on 2 hits and no walks. After a rough start his last time out, this was a much-needed breath of fresh air. He did however leave behind 1-0 and Dan Otero came in during the top of the 4th and quickly gave up another run as the Yankee hitters started this game 0-9 with 4 strikeouts the first time through the batting order. Gerrit Cole is poised to be a 20-game winner, but hopefully the Yankees get him a little more run support as the games start to matter.

 

Jordan Montgomery has me shaking with excitement as he put together a masterful performance through 4 innings. He didn’t allow a single baserunner, embodying perfection and striking out the last 4 batters he faced. Overall, “Gumby” struck out 5 and not one of the opposing hitters he faced squared up the ball well at any point. If he can stay healthy through the course of the year and put up these types of performances during the regular season, then the Yankees will be in very good shape. This was a major turnaround from his previous appearance where he struggled to keep the ball in the park, but typically has been very steady and solid this spring. The Yankees were able to tie the game thanks to Monty, but he was followed by Ben Heller who promptly broke the tie, giving up two runs, which was ultimately the Yankees undoing in this one.

 

The Yankees got another bit of bad news this morning as Gary Sanchez, who was already out with a bad back, did not report with the team as a fever held him out. Given the Coronavirus scare, we can only hope it’s a 24-hour bug and nothing more serious. He was expected to come back from his injury on Friday and Aaron Boone stated during the game that he hopes that is still the case. Get well soon Gary!

 

 

GERRIT COLE- 3.1INN 1ER 2H 0BB 6K

1- K (1) looking, hit (1) single, K (2) looking, hit (2) RBI single [score: 0-1], K (3) swinging

2- reached on error, fly out (1), K (4) swinging, K (5) swinging

3- ground out (1), K (6) swinging, fly out (2)

4- ground out (2)

Superstar free agent acquisition

Roughed up in last outing

Racking up K’s

Looked like an ace after a mixed first inning

 

DAN OTERO- 0.2INN 1ER 3H 0BB 0K

4- hit (1) triple, pop out (1), hit (2) RBI single [score: 0-2], hit (3) double, fly out

 

JORDAN MONTGOMERY- 4INN 0ER 0H 0BB 5K

5- K (1) looking, fly out (1), ground out (1)

6- fly out (2), fly out (3), fly out (4)

7- ground out (2), fly out (5), K (2) swinging

8- K (3) swinging, K (4) swinging, K (5) swinging

Recently won the 4th spot in the rotation

Fully recovered from Tommy John surgery

Hitting his spots with ease

Perfect through 4 innings

 

BEN HELLER- 0.2INN 2ER 2H 1BB 1K

9- walk, hit (1) 2 run home run [score: 2-4], ground out, hit (2) single, K (1) swinging

 

MATT WIVINIS- 0.1INN 0ER 0H 0BB 0K

9- ground out

 

 

DJ LEMAHIEU (1-3 R)- K swinging, double, ground out

Looks ready for the season

 

BRANDON WAGNER (0-1)- ground out

 

BRETT GARDNER (0-2 SB)- fly out, ground out, walk, stolen base

 

BRANDON LOCKRIDGE (0-1)- fly out

 

GLEYBER TORRES (0-2 RBI)- K swinging, sac fly [score: 1-2], fly out

Swinging the bat well

Needs to pick up his defense

Robbed of an RBI extra base hit in the bottom of the 6th

 

DIEGO CASTILLO (1-1)- infield single

 

LUKE VOIT (0-3)- pop out, ground out, K swinging

 

HOY JUN PARK (1-1)- single

 

MIGUEL ANDUJAR (1-3)- fly out, single, line out

 

ANGEL AGUILAR (0-1)- K swinging

 

KYLE HIGASHIOKA (1-3 HR RBI R)- pop out, ground out, solo HR [score: 2-2]

 

DONNY SANDS (0-1)- ground out

 

ROSELL HERRERA (0-2)- fly out, fly out

 

ZACK ZENNER (0-1)- ground out

 

CHRIS GITTENS (0-3)- K swinging, K swinging, K swinging

 

ZACK GRANITE (0-2)- K looking, line out

 

TREY AMBURGEY (0-1)- ground out

 

Entire offense first time through the order- 0-9, 4 K’s

 

 

 

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