Masa Takes the Hill

Spring Training, Yankees 9 VS Red Sox 1

 

In a spring battle between the biggest rivals in sports history, things got lopsided early. In the first inning the Yankees didn’t exactly knock the cover off the ball, but they benefitted from a sloppy Red Sox defense. Boston did not look ready to go in this one and credit to the Yankees for not swinging at bad pitches and putting the ball in play. They capitalized as much as they could on any mistake the Sox made early in this one on a beautiful warm spring day in Tampa.

 

Something that remains the same despite injuries to James Paxton and Luis Severino for the Bronx Bombers… their one-two punch is still one of the best in baseball. Masahiro Tanaka was basically perfect in this game today, allowing no hits or walks. One opposing batter reached base and that was on a throwing error by Gio Urshela. Tanaka struck out 5 to finish off an exquisite tune up.

 

The Yankees continue to excel in the pitching department, retiring the last 15 Red Sox this afternoon. The 5th spot in the Yankees rotation is wide open and two competitors in that competition pitched. Clarke Schmidt, probably the most exciting option to get that 5th spot, gave up an early home run against Rafael Devers, but bounced back after early damage for 2 solid innings of work, striking out 3. Jonathan Loaisiga was as impressive as he was his last time out, again striking out 4 in 2 fiery innings. Over his last 2 appearances he has 4 innings pitched with 8 strikeouts 0 hits allowed and 0 walks. Meanwhile, Zach Britton and Adam Ottovino were business as usual, tossing a scoreless inning each as they prime themselves to be the bridge to closer Aroldis Chapman. This is music to a Yankee fans ears.

 

One thing I have noticed lately is that Clint Frazier is constantly on base this spring. He had a few bumps in the road last year on defense and with the media, but it looks like he has smoothed over those bumps and has made the necessary improvements to become a great player for the Yankees. It’s perfect timing too as it was announced today that both Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton will likely be missing from the outfield come opening day. Frazier walked in all three of his plate appearances today and has showed consistent power with a good eye so far. The best connections of the day were Gio Urshela’s solo homerun in the bottom of the third and Gleyber Torres’ ripped double in the 4th. Overall, the Yankees took advantage of Boston’s poor play and really pitched well. With one more in the books and one day closer to opening day, New York continues to roll.

 

MASAHIRO TANAKA 3IP 0ER 0H 0BB 5K

1- K (1) looking, pop out (1), K (2) looking

2- ground out (1), K (3) swinging, K (4) swinging

3- ground out (2), K (5) swinging, reached on error, ground out (3)

Yankees are 101-63 when he starts

Contract year

Sharp movement

No hits or walks

Starting as  #2 in rotation

 

CLARKE SCHMIDT 2IP 1ER, 2H 1BB 3K

1- HR (score:7-1), single, ground out (1), K (1) swinging, ground out (2)

2- walk (1), K (2) swinging, ground out (3), K (3) swinging

Not a lot of MiLB innings

Very impressive in last appearance

Great finishing pitch

#2 Yankees prospect (Baseball America)

Good bounce back after early damage

MLB ready

Most exciting 5th option in the rotation

 

ADAM OTTOVINO 1IP 0ER 0H 0BB 1K

  1. fly out (1), K (1) swinging, ground out (1)

 

ZACH BRITTON 1IP 0ER 0H 0BB 0K

1- fly out (1), fly out (2), fly out (3)

 

JONATHAN LOAISIGA 2IP 0ER 0H 0BB 4K

1- K (1) swinging, K (2) swinging, K (3) swinging

2- ground out (1), ground out (2), K (4) swinging

Second dominating performance in a row

Filthy stuff

Great put away pitches

Hitters not close to touching him

 

DJ LEMAHIEU (2-3 2RBI 1R)- single [advanced to 2nd on passed ball], 2RBI single (score 6-0), ground out

 

MIKE FORD (0-2)- ground out, ground out double play

 

BRETT GARDNER (0-3)- fielder’s choice [LEMAHIEU to 3rd], K looking, K swinging

 

KYLE HIGASHIOKA (2-2)- infield single, single

 

GLEYBER TORRES (1-3 1R)- reached on error (score: 1-0) [advanced to 3rd on passed ball],

pop out, double

 

TYLER WADE (1-1)- walk, infield single

 

GARY SANCHEZ (1-3 1 RIBI 1R)- infield single (score: 2-0), K looking, ground out

 

ESTEVAN FLORIAL (0-2)- K swinging, ground out

 

LUKE VOIT (1-3)- single [scored on passed ball] (score 4-0), line out, fly out

 

KYLE HOLDER (0-2)- K swinging, fielder’s choice,

 

MIGUEL ANDUJAR (1-3 1R)- single, ground out, K looking

 

THAIRO ESTRADA (2-2 1RBI 1R)- single, RBI infield single (score: 9-1)

 

MIKE TAUCHMAN (0-2 1RBI)- sac fly (score 3-0), K swinging, line out

 

CHRIS GITTENS- walk, walk

 

GIO URSHELA (1-2 1HR 1RBI 1R)- walk, SOLO HR (score 7-0), K looking

 

THOMAS MILLONE (1-2)- single, fly out

 

CLINT FRAZIER- walk, walk, walk

 

TREY AMBURGEY (0-1 1RBI)- grounds into

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