The Yankees demolished their Crosstown rivals over the weekend, but had to settle for a draw against Joe Girardi and the Phillies. With the 2-2 draw, the Yankees concluded their three-game exhibition list and are now locked and loaded for their opening date with defending Nationals champion Washington. The start of this strange season (to say the least) has truly arrived.
After hosting a power show last night, the Yankees Bats were a little quieter tonight. The only damage in the first eight innings came via another home run from Aaron Judge, his third in the last two nights:
After shooting his two dingers yesterday, Judge went oppo, showing his world power in all fields.
It was Mike Ford who ripped a tie from the jaws of defeat. Ford started the bottom of the ninth with a solo home run to even the score:
After the ninth round ended with no further action, the teams agreed not to postpone the extras procedure and called it a night.
Mention honorable: Weird baseball. The Phillies started the game with two DHs but eliminated one in the middle of the game. The judge’s home run came after the third of the fifth inning was recorded, because Philly wanted to get Vince Velazquez a little more work. For my part, I support the MLB initiative to institute a Calvinball touch.
Loser of the game
It was a tough outing for the Yankees’ top prospect. Deivi Garcia looked a little nervous in the first set of his first start at Yankee Stadium, missing points on both the glove side and the arm side. After a pair of quick outs to start the game, Garcia gave up one run and loaded the goals with two doubles and two steps. He escaped with minimal damage, but threw a catch and hit a batter in the second before Aaron Boone came looking for the young right-hander.
Hopefully Garcia, 21, will make many great starts in the Bronx as a member of the Yankees. It just wasn’t one of them.