Josh Donaldson makes a better Yankees pitching debut than IKF

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MLB fans are surprised to see the Yankees pitching decisions this season. After handing over the ball earlier to ex-shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa, they sent third baseman Josh Donaldson to the mound on Saturday. However, the new pitcher made a better debut than IKF.

On Saturday, there are two games at Busch Stadium between the New York Yankees and the St. Louis Cardinals. Despite the New York Yankees facing adversity in the initial game of the two-match series, a surprising hero emerged in Josh Donaldson, delivering an outstanding pitching performance that provided the team with a glimmer of joy.

In the eighth inning, when the New York Yankees were down by 10 runs and it seemed impossible to come back, manager Aaron Boone took a bold step and sent third baseman Josh Donaldson to the mound.

Josh Donaldson rose to the occasion

When entrusted with the ball, Josh Donaldson exhibited an impressive display of skill by retiring the opposing batters in quick succession. He didn’t allow any more runs against the New York Yankees and maintained the status quo.

While not reaching the blazing velocities showcased by some of the game’s prominent relief pitchers, Josh Donaldson admirably showcased his abilities, maintaining composure on the mound. He concluded the inning with an 85 mph cutter, exhibiting a respectable degree of movement within the strike zone.

Marking his professional debut on the mound, this noteworthy outing by Josh Donaldson showcased his versatility. However, it is worth noting that he had prior experience pitching, which undoubtedly contributed to his composed performance.

Last pitched in school

During his high school days, Josh Donaldson proved to be a remarkable two-way talent, excelling both as a shortstop and a pitcher. His exceptional skills garnered him recognition as the Alabama Gatorade Player of the Year during his senior year, a testament to his all-around prowess on the baseball field.

Saturday’s outing marked a significant milestone for the former American League MVP, as it was his first time stepping onto the mound since his collegiate days in the competitive Southeastern Conference (SEC) while representing Auburn University.

As the first game on Saturday seems poised to end in a defeat for the Yankees, they hold onto the hope of reversing the situation in Game 2. Should the need arise for additional position players to assume the pitching duties, the Yankees aspire to find themselves in the advantageous position of holding a substantial lead.

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