Saturday, March 28, 2015

The New York Mets defeat the Washington Nationals



The New York Mets defeated the Washington Nationals by the score of 8-3 on Thursday afternoon.  The game took place at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie, Florida.  Matt Bowman started and pitched well, the bullpen was good except Jeurys Familia who had a rough outing.  Matt den Dekker and Matt Reynolds had a couple of hits to lead the offense. 

Bowman pitched five innings giving up  two hits and no runs.  He walked one and struck out four.  Familia pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up four hits and three runs with a walk and a strikeout, Buddy Carlyle pitched to one batter and struck him out and Jennry Mejia pitched an inning giving up a hit and he struck out one.  Mejia picked up his first win of the spring, Dario Alvarez pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout and Erik Goeddel pitched a perfect inning with two strikeouts. 

Juan Lagares had a hit and an RBI, den Dekker had two hits and two RBI and Wilmer Flores had a hit and drew a walk.  Kirk Nieuwenhuis drew a walk, Lucas Duda drew a walk and Dominic Smith drew a walk.  John Mayberry Jr. had a hit, Cory Vaughn drew a walk and Eric Campbell had a hit, an RBI and drew a walk.  Ruben Tejada had a hit and drew a walk, Anthony Recker had an RBI and Johnny Monell had a hit.  Cesar Puello had a hit, Bowman had a hit and Reynolds had two hits and three RBI.  Campbell, Reynolds and Monell each hit a double, Reynolds, Lagares and den Dekker each hit a homerun.  The Mets were 2-8 with runners in scoring position and left 12 men on base. 

In the sixth Campbell hit an RBI double giving the Mets a 1-0 lead.  The Nationals came right back in the bottom of the sixth.  Michael Taylor hit an RBI double to tie the game and Clint Robinson hit an RBI double to give the Nationals a 2-1 lead.  Ryan Zimmerman hit an RBI single to extend the lead to 3-1.  In the seventh Reynolds hit a solo homerun to cut the lead to 3-2 and Lagares hit a solo homerun to tie the game at three.  In the eighth Recker hit a sacrifice fly, Reynolds hit an RBI double and den Dekker hit a two run homerun to make it 7-3 Mets.  In the ninth Reynolds hit a sacrifice fly to make it 8-3 and that was the final score. 

The Mets will take on the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida on Friday afternoon. 

The New York Yankees wipe out the Philadelphia Phillies



The New York Yankees defeated the Philadelphia Phillies by the score of 10-0 on Friday afternoon.  The game took place in Clearwater, Florida.  Michael Pineda started for the Yankees and pitched very well.  The game only lasted six innings because of rain.  Brendan Ryan had a couple of hits and Stephen Drew had three hits to lead the offense. 

Pineda pitched five innings giving up five hits and no runs.  He didn't walk a batter and he struck out five.  He recorded his second win of the spring. 

Brett Gardner had a hit and drew a walk, Chase Headley had a hit, Carlos Beltran had a hit, an RBI and drew a walk.  Mark Teixeira had a hit and an RBI, Brian McCann had a hit and Alex Rodriguez had a hit and drew a walk.  Eddy Rodriguez had a hit, Kyle Higashioka had a hit and Drew had three hits and two RBI.  Rob Refsnyder drew a walk, Chris Young had a hit and two RBI and Tyler Austin had a hit and three RBI.  Ryan had two hits, Drew, Young and Austin each hit a double and Ryan hit two doubles.  The Yankees were 7-15 with runners in scoring position and left eight men on base. 

In the fifth a passed ball gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead.  Beltran hit an RBI single, Teixeira hit an RBI single and Drew hit a two run single and it was 5-0 Yankees.  Young hit a two run double to make it 7-0 with all the runs coming in the fifth inning.  In the sixth Austin hit a three run double to make it 10-0 and then the game ended with rain. 

The Yankees will take on the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday afternoon from George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida.  CC Sabathia was going to start but he will pitch in a minor league game and Scott Baker will be making the start.   

The New York Yankees lose to the Tampa Bay Rays



The New York Yankees were defeated by the Tampa Bay Rays by the score of 6-5 on Thursday afternoon.  The game took place in Port Charlotte, Florida.  Adam Warren started and he threw a lot of pitches but limited the damage.  The bullpen wasn't very good.  Didi Gregorius led the offense with a couple of hits. 

Warren pitched 3 2/3 innings giving up four hits and a run with a walk and five strikeouts.  Jose Ramirez pitched 1 1/3 innings giving up three hits and two runs with a walk, Chris Martin pitched an inning giving up two hits and two runs with three strikeouts and Danny Burawa pitched an inning giving up a hit and a run with a strikeout.  Tyler Webb pitched a perfect inning with a couple of strikeouts. 

Gregorius had two hit and an RBI, Jake Cave had a hit and an RBI and Brendan Ryan drew a walk.  John Ryan Murphy had a hit, Rob Refsnyder had a hit and drew a walk and Slade Heathcott had a hit, an RBI and drew a walk.  Ramon Flores had two hits and two RBI, Cole Figueroa had a hit and Heathcott, Flores, Gregorius and Refsnyder each hit a double.  The Yankees were 3-13 with runners in scoring position and left six  men on base.  Cave had a stolen base, Refsnyder committed an error and Young had an outfield assist. 

In the second Heathcott hit an RBI double to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead.  In the second Evan Longoria hit a solo homerun to tie the game at one.  Flores hit a two run double in the fourth and it was 3-1 Yankees.  In the fifth Brandon Guyer hit an RBI single and Asdrubal Cabrera hit an RBI single to tie the game at three.  Desmond Jennings hit a solo homerun in the sixth and a wild pitch gave the Rays a 5-3 lead.  Gregorious hit an RBI double in the seventh to cut the lead to 5-4.  In the bottom of the seventh Jake Elmore hit a sacrifice fly to increase the Rays lead to 6-4.  In the ninth Cave hit an RBI single to cut the lead to 6-5 but that would be the final score. 

The Yankees will take on the Philadelphia Phillies in Clearwater on Friday afternoon. 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The New York Mets rough up the New York Yankees once again



The New York Yankees were defeated by the New York Mets by the score of 7-2 on Wednesday afternoon.  The game took place at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida.  Masahiro Tanaka made the start and pitched pretty well, the bullpen was bad.  Chase Headley led the Yankees offense with a couple of hits.  Rafael Montero started for the Mets and pitched well and Travis d'Arnaud and John Mayberry Jr. each had a couple of hits. 

Tanaka pitched 4 2/3 innings giving up four hits and three runs with two of them being earned.  He walked one and struck out seven and took his first loss of the spring.  Dellin Betances pitched 1/3 of an inning giving up a hit and a run, Andrew Miller pitched 1/3 of an inning giving up two hits and a run and Justin Wilson retired the only two batters that he faced.  Andrew Bailey gave up a walk in his one inning and he struck out two, Chase Whitley pitched an inning giving up two hits and a run with a strikeout and David Carpenter pitched an inning giving up two hits and a run with a strikeout. 

Montero pitched four innings giving up three hits and a run with four strikeouts.  Sean Gilmartin pitched 1 1/3 perfect innings with a couple of strikeouts, Chase Bradford pitched 1 2/3 innings giving up two hits and Zach Thornton pitched to one batter and struck him out.  Chase Huchingson pitched 1 1/3 innings giving up a hit and a run with a walk and a strikeout and Jon Velasquez pitched to one batter and retired him. 

Headley had two hits and an RBI, Ramon Flores drew a walk and Mark Teixeira had a hit.  Alex Rodriguez had a hit, Nick Noonan had a hit and an RBI and Didi Gregorius had a hit.  Gregorius and Headley each hit a double and the Yankees were 2-9 with runners in scoring position and left five men on base.  Murphy and E. Rodriguez each committed an error. 

Juan Lagares had two hits and two RBI for the Mets.  Matt den Dekker had a hit and an RBI, Lucas Duda drew a walk and Mayberry Jr. had two hits and an RBI.  Cesar Puello had a hit, D'Arnaud had two hits and an RBI and Anthony Recker had a hit and an RBI.  Dustin Lawley had a hit, Matt Reynolds had a hit and drew a walk and Lagares, Reynolds, Recker, Lawley and den Dekker each hit a double.  Mayberry and Lagares each hit a homerun and the Mets were 3-12 with runners in scoring position and left five men on base.  Lagares and Reynolds each stole a base and Campbell committed an error. 

In the first Lagares stole third and a throwing error allowed him to score to give the Mets a 1-0 lead.  Headley hit an RBI double to tie the game at one in the third inning.  In the fourth Mayberry Jr. hit a solo homerun giving the Mets a 2-1 lead.  In the fifth Lagares hit a two run homerun giving the Mets a 4-1 lead.  d'Arnaud hit an RBI single in the sixth and the Mets lead increased to 5-1.  Recker hit an RBI double in the eighth and den Dekker hit an RBI double in the ninth to increase the Mets lead to 7-1.  The Yankees scored a run in the ninth on a Noonan RBI single and the final score was 7-2. 

The Yankees will play the Tampa Bay Rays away on Thursday afternoon and the Mets will play the Washington Nationals in Viera, Florida on Thursday evening. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

New York Yankees news and notes



The Yankees are expected to name a fifth starter by the weekend.  Adam Warren will be starting on Friday and if he doesn't have a terrible game it looks like he will win the competition.  Esmil Rogers who pitched on Tuesday night was bad again for the second game in a row.  Warren has been good all spring and unless they suprise everyone and go with someone like Scott Baker who has been pitching pretty well it looks like it is Warrens job. 

Alex Rodriguez continues to be a non story, he has shown enough now that he is going to be the opening day DH.  It will now be a question of does he bat sixth or seventh in the lineup and how often does he play the field.  I am guessing he will play third base about once a week and maybe a little first in an emergency but otherwise he will be the DH for the most part.  Garrett Jones will back up Mark Teixeira and he could also play right field with Chris Young when Carlos Beltran needs a break.  Beltran could see some time at DH as well.  Rodriguez has performed well which ended some speculation about him getting through spring training and being able to play etc, he now will have to get through some of the season but he looks pretty good right now. 

The Yankees youngsters have been good all spring and Tuesday night was no different.  It looks like Ramon Flores has impressed.  Joe Girardi said  "If something was to happen to one of our outfielders , I think he'd be a pretty strong candidate." 

Betances was sitting at 93-94 according to the Yes network gun.  He wasn't throwing upper 90's all spring last year and Girardi said he isn't worried although the results haven't been very good.  Betances said he just has to trust whatever stuff he does have and that the velocity will come.  He said he isn't trusting it as much this year compared to last and he is going to have to do that. 

Chris Young has been playing well lately and he has been hitting lefties which the Yankees will be looking for from him this season.  Didi Gregorius has been hitting lefty pitching lately and that is a good sign.  The Yankees want him to be the everyday guy and if he can hit like he has been lately that will be the case.  His glove is gold glove caliber so if he can hit a little they are going to be really happy with him. 

Nathan Eovaldi pitched in a minor league game on Tuesday afternoon.  He said that when he gets in trouble he tends to speed up which he did in the first inning but then slowed it down later in the game and was better.  He said he is working on that as he continues his progression to being a complete pitcher now.  He pitched pretty well again and the Yankees are excited about what he could bring this year.  Girardi said he wouldn't comment on the Opening Day starter but he did acknowledge that Sabathia wouldn't start on short rest so that would eliminate him from Opening day leaving Masahiro Tanaka unless something unforeseen happens.  Tanaka will pitch on Wednesday afternoon and then have five days rest before pitching one more game before Opening Day. 
 

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