Joe said he wanted to make a decision on his 5th starter by the end of this week, so last night was a very important start for Esmil Rogers. He looked shaky at best his last time out, and same as Bryan Mitchell he was going up against a really good start by Adam Warren the last time Warren took the mound.
He was facing the regular Detroit Tiger lineup that was full of tough and dangerous hitters and he didn't fair very well against them. He got hit early and hit often in the 1st inning and escaped with only 1 run against him. He got hit again in the top of the 2nd, exacerbated that problem by committing a fielding error, couldn't finish off the inning with 2 outs, and got tagged for 4 more runs. It was not a good outing.
The Yankee lineup chipped in a bunch of small contributions that were enough to keep them within striking distance in the bottom of the 9th, and once again it was the young guys coming up with the big hits to get the W. Aaron Judge started the inning off with a 4-pitch walk, stole second, and scored on a John Ryan Murphy base hit to make it an 8-6 deficit. After Ali Castillo drew a 2-out walk to put the tying run on base, Ramon Flores sent everybody home with a walk-off 3-run homer to right. Cool moment for him, cool victory for the Bombers.
- That's 8 H, 3 BB, and 8 R in 6.1 IP over Rogers' last 2 starts. Pretty sure he's done in the 5th starter competition. Might be at risk of not making the roster entirely.
- Marky Mark Teixeira went 2-2 with another oppo field hit from the left side and a walk. That's like 2 or 3 hits he's taken the other way in the last week or so, no? Even in a small sample size, not bad for a guy who says that's not what he's trying to do.
- Again, small sample sizes, but how is Flores only hitting .172 this spring? I was flabbergasted when I saw that. I think he's going to make a lot of people take notice of him whenever he gets called up as an injury replacement this season.
- Scoreless inning for Andrew Miller, who walked 1 and struck out 1.
- Not so much for Dellin Betances, who gave up a run on a hit and a walk in his 1 inning of work. There was some chatter about his fastball sitting in the low 90s after the game, but Betances said he wasn't concerned and nobody should be.
- Carlos Beltran doubled, scored a run, and drove in a run last night, continuing his slow and steady "rounding into game shape" progression. He's got a hit in each of his last 4 games, with 2 doubles and 2 ribbies, and hasn't struck out in that time after swinging and missing a lot in his earlier games. I'll take that as a positive sign.