On what was a beautiful day in Tampa, Florida the New York Yankees defeated the Philadelphia Phillies in the first official Spring Training game of 2017 by the score of 9-4. The new fresh face-Yankees showed why fans should be excited for the next few seasons as the Baby Bombers stepped up to provide some exciting offense.
Bryan Mitchell got the start for the Yankees and pitched two perfect innings striking out one batter. In fact, the first four New York pitchers did not allow a runner to reach base. With Tyler Clippard, Tommy Layne and Luis Cessa throwing a combined four hitless innings.
The offense was alive and well with Didi Gregorius starting it off with a solo homerun in the bottom of the first inning. Aaron Judge followed it up with a solo shot of his own in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Once the regulars left the field, and the Baby Bombers came in the offense kicked it into another hear. Ruben Tejeda, who took over at second for Starlin Castro, walked with two outs to bring up the third baseman Miguel Andujar who tripled home Castro with a line drive to right field. A throwing error by the Phillies second baseman allowed Andujar to come home and give the Yankees a 4-0 lead.
Jordon Montgomery took over on the mound in the seventh inning. The Yankees left-handed pitching prospect was touched for two unearned runs on two hits and struck out one of the nine batters he faced over two innings.
The Baby Bombers struck again in the bottom of the seventh inning When Dustin Fowler hit a one-out triple and scored on a sacrifice fly. Kyle Higashioka then sent a fly ball over the left-field fence for a home run in his only at-bat of the game.
The Yankees were not done there as Ruben Tejeda singled to start the bottom of the eighth inning and moved to third on the double by Miguel Andujar. Clint Frazier then lined the ball to left field for a two-RBI triple and bringing up Rob Refsnyder. Refsnyder, the former fan favorite prospect, then lined a single to left to bring home Frazier and give the Yankees a 9-2 lead.
Giovanny Gallegos replaced Montgomery on the mound for the ninth inning. Gallegos was recently added to the 40-man roster this past offseason. He was touched for two runs on home runs to left field by Cameron Perkins and Brock Stassi before but limited the damage to that to end the game.
Tomorrow the Yankees will travel to Clearwater to face the Phillies once again. Adam Warren will get the start for New York.