Monday, March 25, 2013

Spring Training Game 30 Wrap-Up: NYY 7 TB 6

("Hey, can somebody toss me a ball?  Kinda gotta get my work in here." Courtesy of the AP)

Regular season games are only a week away.  Time to start ramping up the game recap reps, and what better game to recap than a walk-off win?

Game Notes:

- Adam Warren had another rough outing, giving up 5 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks in just 3.2 IP.  His defense didn't help him, and only 1 of the runs was earned, but Warren didn't do a good job picking up his D behind him.  No other way to describe Warren's camp this year than disastrous.

- In an obvious audition for Clay Rapada's roster spot, Joe went to Vidal Nuno in the middle of the 4th to get out of Warren's jam.  Nuno allowed all batters he faced to reach base (2 H, 1 BB) and needed another CS from Francisco Cervelli to escape the inning.

- There was plenty of offense to support the shaky Yankee pitching.  Kevin Youkilis continued his powerful two-week tear with two 2-run homers, giving him 5 for the spring, and Travis Hafner cracked his second dinger of camp as well.

- Big day at the plate for new starting shortstop Eduardo Nunez as well.  He went 2-3 with a triple and 1 run and RBI apiece and stole his 5th ST base.  More importantly, he had a clean day in the field.

- Scoreless innings for Mo, Joba, and Logan led to a 9th-inning lead for the Yanks, a lead that David Aardsma couldn't hold.  He gave up a run on 2 hits and the game went to extra innings.

- Those extra innings didn't last very long. however, as Ronnier Mustelier hit a 3-2 pitch for a leadoff, walk-off HR in the bottom of the 10th.  That's a helluva way to keep yourself in roster spot consideration, huh?

F*ck Yeahs:

- Youkilis: 2-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 4 RBI, 1 K, 1 LOB.  It still remains to be seen how he'll do against all Major League pitching when he has to play every day, but Youkilis has been the best power source in the lineup for the last two weeks now.

- Nunez: 2-3, 1 3B, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB.  The more days he has like this while Jeter is out, the better the Yankees are going to be.

Oh Nos:

Warren: 3.2 IP, 6 H, 5 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 2 K.  He didn't get off to a good start last April, and his March this year has been even worse.  Warren's command, usually one of his strengths, has been absent his last 3-4 outings and it's really put a dent in his prospect status.

Next Up:

Scheduled off-day today then CC's final spring tune-up against the Astros on Tuesday.

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