Yankees and Dutchies in Spring Training, Saturday March 14

In a 4-1 victory over the TIgers, Didi Gregorius batted in the lead off position once again. He went 1 for 2 and his batting average jumped from a .100-ish to .200. In the third inning after Mason Williams hit a triple, Didi hit a sac fly to right field and recorded an RBI. In the bottom of the sixth, DIdi hit a single to center field and after stops at second and third base he scored on a force out at second base hit by Mark Teixeira, that also drove in Jonathan Galvez. Teixeira reached first base on a throwing error by shortstop DIxon Machado. The only Yankee with a multiple hit game was Chase Headly. He went 2 for 3 with a single and a double. Michael Pineda is making good progress. He pitched three no-hit, shutout innings yesterday. He gave up a walk and struck out four.

Another split squad team of the Yankees went to Dunedin to face the Blue Jays. All but one pitcher kept the Blue Jays from scoring. Tyler Webb gave up a walk to Steve Tolleson with two outs. Tolleson scored all the way from first on a fly ball hit to center field by Caleb Gindl. Unfortunately the Yankees fell short offensive wise. They collected five hits in total hit by five different players (Cole Figueroa, Chris Young, Alex Rodriguez, Michael O’Neill and Jacoby Ellsbury).

In a 5-2 loss vs the Pirates, Xander Bogaerts didn’t collect a  hit. He went 0 for 2, grounding out to first base twice.

In a close game vs the Tampa Bay Rays, Jonathan Schoop had a pinch hit appearance in the ninth inning in which he struck out. The Rays won by 3 runs to 2.

In a 13 – 2 loss vs the Mets, there was a surprising appearance for Randolph Oduber of the Nationals. Oduber, who won the European cup with team Netherlands in 2014, got a pinch hit appearance in the ninth in which he flied out to right field.
Matt den Dekker entered the game as a substitute and also had one at bat in which he struck out. In the mean time, Spencer Kieboom has been sent down to minor league camp by the Nats after he got only one at bat and appeared in two games.

The Braves beat the Astros 6-5. Andrelton Simmons contributed in a big way. He went 3 for 3 with a solo homerun and three RBI. He scored twice himself. With runners on the corners in the first inning Simmons singled to shortstop Carlos Correa and drove in Eric Young for the first Braves’ run. In that same inning, Simmons was thrown out at a stealing attempt.
In the bottom of the third, with runners on first and third, Simmons hit a fly ball single that drove in Eric Young. Simmons on his turn scored on a double hit by Christian Bethancourt. In the top of the fifth inning, Simmons was the center piece of a 4-6-3 double play when Carlos Correa hit towards second baseman Phil Gosselin. In the bottom of the fith, Simmons slammed a solo shot over the center field wall.

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