Friday, March 13, 2015

Recap: Yankees 5, Red Sox 3

Adam Warren threw three innings of two-run ball and Jonathan Galvez connected on a clutch three-run triple Friday night as the Yankees topped the Red Sox, 5-3, in their lone visit to JetBlue Park this spring. 

Warren's Solid Performance: Though he probably wasn't as sharp in this one as he had been his last two times out, Warren did hold the Red Sox to just two earned runs on four hits -- helping him earn his first win of the preseason. Striking out two and walking one on the evening, Warren managed to retire eight of the 13 Red Sox he faced, surrendering just three singles, a double and an HBP. 

Galvez Comes Up Big: With the bases loaded and two outs in the Yankees' half of the fourth, Galvez laced a game-changing three-bagger off Dalier Hinojosa to put New York on top, erasing in a heartbeat a 2-0 Red Sox lead. On the play, interestingly, Boston outfielder Daniel Nava actually had the ball in his glove before dropping it on a collision with the wall in foul territory -- allowing Garrett Jones, Brian McCann and Rob Refsnyder all to cross home after each had reached with a single. 

Shreve Stymies Sox: Left-handed pitching prospect Chasen Shreve has been showing improvement throughout the first few weeks of camp -- a process he continued notably in the fourth and fifth. With the exception of a Xander Bogaerts walk, Shreve was perfect during his stint on the hill, collecting his only strikeout in the fourth when Mike Napoli went down swinging.

Williams' Insurance: The Yankees and Red Sox succumbed to an offensive drought after the aforementioned knock by Galvez, but the Yanks' bats proved they still had some production left in them in the top of the seventh. Following a pair of hits by Galvez and Aaron Judge, the Yankees plated two more on ground-rule double by Mason Williams -- extending their lead to a comfortable 5-2 going into the last two frames.

Lindgren's Save: Yankees bullpen candidate Jacob Lindgren didn't seem to have great control when he pitched this contest's ninth inning, but the youngster still found a way to maintain the Pinstripes' advantage in the end. Besides walking two to put the tying run on first, Lindgren struck out the side with some help from his slider -- fanning Christian Vasquez on one for the third and final out after falling behind in the count 3-2. 

Next Up: The Yankees will split the squad Saturday when they host the Tigers at 1:05 p.m. ET and visit the Blue Jays at 1:07 p.m. ET, the first meetings they will have this preseason with both clubs. Michael Pineda is expected to get the nod against Detroit and Esmil Rogers Toronto -- with Alex Rodriguez also set to make the trip to Dunedin. 

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