Yankees’ young guns struggle as Blue Jays cruise to 8-1 victory in Spring Training

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In a spring training clash against the Blue Jays, the Yankees found themselves outmatched by Toronto’s regulars, resulting in an 8-1 defeat for the Yanks. Despite a promising start, the Yankees’ lineup, mostly composed of non-regular players, couldn’t sustain momentum against the Jays’ seasoned roster.

Yankees fizzle against Blue Jays in spring training showdown

Jose Trevino during the Yankees' loss by 8-1 to Toronto Blue Jays, in an spring training game, on march 12, 2024
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The game commenced with a glimmer of hope for the Yankees as Trent Grisham’s leadoff walk and Jose Trevino‘s single set the stage for an early run by Jose Rojas. However, the Jays swiftly retaliated, with George Springer’s double paving the way for Justin Turner to drive in the equalizer.

While the Yankees struggled to gain traction against Jays’ pitcher José Berríos, who eventually settled into a rhythm, the Jays capitalized on opportunities, widening the gap. Duane Underwood Jr., stepping in for Yankees’ starter Dennis Santana, encountered difficulties containing the Jays’ offense, leading to multiple hits and runs in subsequent innings.

Despite sporadic moments of promise from the Yankees, such as Grisham’s multiple successful reaches and glimpses of solid pitching from Santana, they couldn’t bridge the growing divide. The Jays’ relentless hitting spree in the fifth inning, marked by a series of consecutive hits, effectively put the game out of reach for the Yankees.

As the match progressed, both teams made substitutions, but the Yankees failed to mount a significant comeback. Although players like Rojas and Grisham showed flashes of potential, the Jays’ dominance ultimately secured them an 8-1 victory.

This loss underscores areas for improvement for the Yankees, particularly in their depth and ability to compete against formidable opponents, even in spring training. With another game against an AL East rival on the horizon, the Yankees will need to regroup and refocus to rebound from this setback and fine-tune their strategies before the regular season kicks off.

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2 thoughts on “Yankees’ young guns struggle as Blue Jays cruise to 8-1 victory in Spring Training

  1. This article is a joke. For most MLB teams, road exhibition games are not exactly filled with with all your starters, plus everyone can have a bad game too. Zack Messenger, who had a great first 2 months in Hudson Valley, then struggled most of the rest of the season last year, struggled again. The good? Cade Smith made a MLB exhibition game appearance before he made a minor league regular season appearance.

  2. This article is a joke. For most MLB teams, road exhibition games are not exactly filled with with all your starters, plus everyone can have a bad game too. Zack Messenger, who had a great first 2 months in Hudson Valley, then struggled most of the rest of the season last year, struggled again. The good? Cade Smith made a MLB exhibition game appearance before he made a minor league regular season appearance. What player \ho will be on the team come Match 28, pucked up today?

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