Domingo Germán struck out six batters in four innings of work during Monday’s 4-2 win against Chase Anderson and the Philadelphia Phillies. The dominant performance brought Germán’s spring training strikeout total to 13 across nine total innings of work and furthered his case for a solidified spot in the regular rotation.
The first few innings saw both pitchers dealing solid stuff on the mound. In the first, Germán found himself in a bit of trouble with two outs when the Phillies had runners on first and second and a hot batter in Odubel Herrera at the plate. However, Germán dialed into his off-speed pitches and struck him out with two curve balls that Herrera swung at and missed big time. Germán would only allow three hits and one walk during the next three innings as both offenses were fairly quiet early on.
Some action finally broke out in the bottom of the fourth when Gleyber Torres got a lead off single off of Archie Bradley who came on for Anderson to start the inning. Then with two outs, Gary Sanchez hit a sharp line drive to left field that would score Torres for the first run of the game. Yankees would only get one though as Brett Gardner would ground out in the next at bat.
Germán would be replaced by the young righty Michael King in the fifth who pitched so-so until he gave up a solo home run to Rhys Hoskins in the sixth that tied the game up. King would finish the day in the seventh and ended with two strikeouts, an earned run off two hits, and a walk.
The offensive star of the game for New York was Giancarlo Stanton who came up clutch for New York when he came up to bat with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the seventh. With three balls and one strike, Stanton dug in on a sinker and sent it out the center field to score two runs. Immediately afterwards, Rob Brantly kept the offense going with another RBI when a single to left field turned into a double after a throwing error by Phillies’ right fielder Mickey Moniak, the play made the score 4-1 game.
Although the Phils were able to scrape together a run in the top of the ninth off some hitting from their bench, New York closed out the game for their sixth straight spring training victory. The Yankees will take on the Detroit Tigers tomorrow on the road in Lakeland.
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