Saturday, March 7, 2015

Recap: Yankees 9, Astros 4

Scott Baker gave up three earned runs in one inning and the Yankees came back from three runs down in the eighth to beat the Astros, 9-4, Saturday in Kissimmee.

Baker's Rough Outing: Baker, making his Yankees debut in this one, surrendered six hits and three runs in the bottom of the first alone -- leading to an unsurprising early removal after 29 pitches. For what it's worth, two of the three outs he logged were strikeouts -- although it's fair to say that probably doesn't matter much in the eyes of the team.

The Bronx Bombers Return: The Yankees regulars are still yet to hit a home run this week -- something they're likely going to have to work on after the way their substitutes have been playing. Indeed, the Yankees' prospects showed off some power in this victory -- with Ramon Flores and Jake Cave both recording solo shots and Greg Bird a two-run blast on the afternoon. 

A Good Day to be a Second Base Candidate: It's anyone's guess whether Jose Pirela and Rob Refsnyder are still being considered for the Yankees' starting second base job, but at least in this contest, the two looked deserving of it. Pirela drove in a run with a triple in the eighth to bring the Yankees to within one, and Rob Refsnyder plated two more with a single in the ninth to break a 4-4 tie. 

Noonan Comes Up Big in Rally: Prior to Refsnyder's go-ahead line drive, Yankees infielder Nick Noonan continued his nice start to the preseason with a bases-loaded walk -- forcing Tyler Wade in from third to even the score. It was Noonan's second RBI since Friday -- when he brought home Slade Heathcott with a double against the Phillies.

Starter Stats: Mark Teixeira and Chase Headley both went 1-for-3 in this matinee -- collecting a pair of singles in the second and sixth innings, respectively. Besides them, Didi Gregorius went 0-for-3 and Stephen Drew 0-for-2 with a walk -- also coming in the top of the sixth.

Next Up: The Yankees will host the Nationals Sunday at 1:05 p.m. ET -- the first time this spring the two clubs will have faced off. Adam Warren will pitch for New York while Doug Fister does the same for Washington -- a matchup set to air on the YES Network.

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