Spring Game 19: NYY vs. DET — Triples, home runs, and Adam Warren

Today’s game against Detroit had two big things going for the Yankees — a “slight” offensive advantage and Adam Warren.

First things first — Adam Warren. If ever there was a game that could be made as the perfect example of why Warren deserved that 5th rotation spot, today’s game was that game. Warren went 5 innings, giving up 4 hits, no walks, and 1 run (a solo home run in the 5th), striking out 3 Tigers batters. Honestly, it was the best Warren has pitched in a long time, and it seems to be rather a continuation of his performance this Spring.

Reliever Chris Martin’s 6th inning wasn’t as spectacular, but that bar was set rather high. Martin gave up 2 singles and 1 run to give the Tigers their 2nd (and final) run of the afternoon. Chase Whitley came on for the last third of the game and really performed pretty well himself, relying much on the defense that seemed to want to come through for him today. Whitley gave up 3 hits, but no runs and no walks, and (oddly) no strikeouts. But why the official scorekeeper awarded Whitley the save I’ll never know. (As you’ll figure out in a moment.)

Now, on the other side of things, the Yankees pounced on the Tigers starter (bad pun intended) today from the very beginning. In what has to be the most offensive 1st inning I’ve seen in a long time, the Yankees became hitting and run-generating machines. Brett Gardner led-off with a triple and then scored on Brendan Ryan’s double (a nice way to make your Spring debut); Ryan then scored on Brian McCann’s single. Alex Rodriguez’s force out nabbed McCann, but with Jones’ single and Young’s groundout, 2 runners were in scoring positions as evident when Jose Pirela doubled them both home. And Rob Refsnyder hit a solid left-centerfield 2-run home run. And suddenly, the Yankees were up 6-0 over the Tigers at the mid-1st.

Though the Tigers buckled down and fought off the Yankees for a few innings after that, Rodriguez added a solo home run in the 5th. And even with the Tigers minor (respectively) scoring, going into the 8th inning, it was 7-2 Yankees.

And then, with today’s starting roster rotated out for the “other guys”, the “other guys” got a chance to show off their bats too. With 2 runners on base with a walk and a single and 2 outs on the board, Jonathan Galvez tripled and cleared the bases. Galvez himself would score on a fielding error.

But they weren’t done yet, Heathcott tripled to open the 9th inning (seriously, is this the year of the triple or something?) and easily scored on Noonan’s sacrifice fly.

Final score: 11-2 Yankees. I’d love to say that it was because the Yankees are a better team, but when you have a score this big and this wide apart, it’s usually due to one team’s poor pitching or defense. Maybe then, today, the Yankees were a better team.

Roster moves: The Yankees optioned Tyler Austin, Danny Burawa, and Jose De Paula to AAA Scranton; optioned Mason Williams to AA Trenton; and reassigned Wilking Rodriguez to minor league camp. We’re inching closer to those magic numbers of 25 and 40. All the pre-season talk and assumptions mean zilch come April 6. The assumed is so often not what happens that I pretty much rely on the assumptions to tell me what isn’t going to happen. I’m not sure the “talking heads” would like to know that, but c’est la vie!

Go Yankees!

{Tech update: I’ve updated all the Spring Training games with available media links as of today. Unfortunately, there are a handful of games that do not have any media links as the game, for whatever reason, was not televised/recorded for media sharing purposes. I will note each game that doesn’t have available media.}

{Tech note: This game was not televised or broadcast in any manner and does not have any shareable media links. An exceptional shame due to the outstanding work done by the Yankees today.}

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