Saturday, April 4, 2015

New York Yankees rally to win final exhibition game

The New York Yankees defeated the Washington Nationals by the score of 4-3 on Saturday afternoon.  The game took place at Nationals Park in Washington D.C.  Nathan Eovaldi started and pitched well after a rough start.  Chris Young and Stephen Drew each hit a homerun to lead the offense. 

Eovaldi pitched five innings giving up four hits and three runs with three walks and six strikeouts.  Chris Martin pitched a perfect innings with a couple of strikeouts, Justin Wilson faced two batters and retired them both and David Carpenter pitched 1/3 of an inning giving up a hit and he struck out one.  He picked up the win.  Andrew Miller pitched an inning giving up two hits and he struck out one and Dellin Betances pitched an inning giving up a hit and a walk with three strikeouts.  Betances picked up his first save of the spring. 

Young had a hit and two RBI, Brett Gardner had two hits and Brian McCann had a hit.  Drew had a hit and two RBI, Didi Gregorius had a hit and McCann and Gregorius each hit a double.  Drew and Young each hit a homerun and the Yankees were 2-6 with runners in scoring position and left three men on base. 

In the first Ryan Zimmerman hit a sacrifice fly to give the Nationals a 1-0 lead.  Wilson Ramos hit a two run single to give the Nationals a 3-0 lead in the first.  In the fifth Drew hit a two run homerun to cut the lead to 3-2 Nationals.  In the eighth Young hit a two run homerun to give the Yankees a 4-3 lead and that was the final score.  The Yankees are now headed home to New York.  They will work out on Sunday and have the season opener on Monday afternoon against the Toronto Blue Jays.  They finished their spring with a 17-16-1 record. 

Masahiro Tanaka will start the opener on Monday and the final roster decisions were made with John Ryan Murphy being the backup catcher and Austin Romine being designated for assignment.  The last two spots in the bullpen went to Chris Martin and Chasen Shreve the other day and the utility infielder to fill in for Brendan Ryan is Gregorio Petit.  The Yankees will open the season at home with three against the Blue Jays and then three against the Boston Red Sox before hitting the road.   

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