Day 3 of Spring training: Key aspects of Yankees 8-5 win over Tigers

The Yankees won their spring training game against the Tigers on Feb 27, 2023.
Sara Molnick
Tuesday February 28, 2023

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On Monday night, the Yankees beat the Detroit Tigers 8-5 with the help of a four-run seventh inning. It looks like the Yankees are on a roll after losing their first game on Saturday. However, they won both games on Sunday and gave another victorious performance on Monday.

Luis Severino led the Yankees from the front

In his first spring start, Luis Severino pitched two full innings. The starter gave up four runs on three hits, including a home run by Eric Haase of Detroit that resulted in two runs. He also walked one batter and struck out one. In the game, Severino threw 45 pitches, 25 of which were in the first inning.

In his first spring workout, Luis Severino’s fastball looked sharp. In 27 throws, the heater got five whiffs. On 18 soft pitches, the right-handed batter only got one strike. The cutter and slider looked especially old because they didn’t get a single whiff in 15 pitches, and one of the cutters went over the fence in center field.

Wandy Peralta was also able to pitch. The lefty’s sinker was over a tick higher, and his changeup got three whiffs. He did let a few bases hit through, but none of them were even 90 miles per hour.

In the sixth inning, Ian Hamilton came out of the bullpen and got rid of the Tigers quickly. He retired the Tigers in order on just eight pitches and struck out two of them. Hamilton played in the major leagues once, for the Minnesota Twins in 2022. James Norwood also got both batters out in order in the seventh inning. He did this with 11 pitches and two strikeouts. Norwood played 20 games for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2022. Before that, he had played for San Diego for one season and the Chicago Cubs for three seasons. Wandy Peralta also pitched a relief inning in which no runs were scored.

The Yankees offense came up when needed

In the bottom of the first, the Yankees scored two runs to answer. Willie Calhoun scored when Oswaldo Cabrera hit a single. Harrison Bader then scored Cabrera with a sacrifice fly to left field. Oswaldo Cabrera, the other interesting young player who got to start, made a diving catch on a liner in the fifth inning after making a mistake in the field in the third. On offense, he hit a frozen rope to the right center that scored a run.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa scored on a hit by Cabrera. Kiner-Falefa had two at-bats with six pitches each as he tried to keep his spot at the top of the Yankees’ depth chart at short.

The fifth inning started with the Martian, Jasson Dominguez, landing in center field. When he was up to bat in the seventh, he looked silly when he dropped the bat on a changeup, but he hit the next pitch right up the middle for a single.

Anthony Volpe started at second base. Even though Volpe hit into two double plays, Ryan Kreidler was thrown out as he tried to score in the fourth inning when the infield was in. The infielder is still trying to make New York’s Opening Day roster. Between Somerset and the RailRiders, he had a .802 OPS and hit 21 home runs in 2022. After Anthony Volpe’s two at-bats, Jamie Westbrook took his place.

In the fifth inning, young prospect Jasson Dominguez came in to play defense instead of Bader. In his two at-bats, Dominguez hit a single and walked. At the spring training camp, Volpe and Dominguez are the Yankees’ two best MLB prospects.

In the seventh inning, the Yankees’ offense got going and they scored four runs to take the lead. Tayler Aguilar hit a ground-rule double into the right-field corner to score two runs when the bases were full and there were two outs. The next batter, Jesus Bastidas hit a single to left field, which brought in the tying and winning runs. Colt Keith was up to bat in the eighth, and Aguilar helped stop him with a throw from the outfield.

After the Yankees scored two more runs in the eighth inning, Chase Hampton got the last three outs to get the save. The game on Monday night only took two hours and twenty-four minutes.

On Tuesday, the Yankees will have an on-the-road game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

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