So, the third exhibition game was an eventful one! In the third inning, the Yankees were losing. Francisco Cervelli looked extremely impressive. He was hitting the ball HARD and trying to get a great hit. However, the one that is still doesn't look promising is Curtis Granderson. He did NOT look like he was on his game yesterday. However, I was extremely impressed with Hellickson, the young Tampa pitcher. He struck out Jeter and Teixeira in the third inning. He is going to be a good addition to Tampa Bay.
In the fourth inning, Chamberlain struck out one batter. Big deal. He was NOT impressive AT ALL yesterday. How could they make someone a starter when the potential is in the basement? Joba Chamberlain is a native of the Yankee Bullpen, not the starting rotation. I could say this until I'm blue in the face, but it won't matter because the Yankee Organization isn't putting their brain into this, apparently. The fourth inning wasn't a good one for the Yanks because they took out Chamberlain and put in the new kid, Kevin Whelan. Getting this kid was a good addition. He has VERY good potential to be a reliever. However, he needs to be tamed and controlled. He was a little wild on his pitches. He has a very good arm, and the pitches he makes are great. Apparently, they weren't great enough. Whelan was taken out of the game with the bases loaded because he worked himself into a jam that he couldn't get out of. The only funny part of that inning was that Nick Swisher tried to catch a foul ball in the Yankee bullpen, and he fell right in. It was definitely an embarrassing moment, but he got up and laughed, so I guess he and his ego are alright.
When the fifth inning rolled around, I thought I was going to have a tantrum, because Kei Igawa strolled out of the bullpen. I had to walk out of the room a little bit to calm down, because Kei igawa is NOT my favorite minor leaguer. He is a HORRIBLE pitcher. His overall performance was nothing to be applauded, but he got through the inning without opening another wound. That's all I can ask for from him because he is so erratic with his pitches, you never know what to expect. During the bottom of the fifth inning, Hernandez struck out Alex Rodriguez. After A-Rod, Cano got a base hit. Then, Swisher hit it a single, moving Cano to third base. Then, Cervelli got a hit, scoring Cano. To end the inning, Derek Jeter runs into a double play and we go into the top of the sixth inning.
In the sixth inning, the Yanks tossed in David Roberton. He was lights out. He got three consecutive outs and led the Yanks into the bottom of the sixth. Nothing happened in this inning (scoring wise), but the funny thing about this part of the game was that Girardi changed his game a little bit! He put in ALL minor leaguers & to see how they would do. They weren't effective this inning, but wait until the seventh inning!
In the seventh inning, Edwar Ramirez pitched. One play of the inning was made by Juan Miranda, the Yankee first baseman. He snatched the ball and threw it to third, keeping the runners back. Cervelli was replaced with Montero. Also, during the inning, Miranda fumbled the ball, causing someone to score. However, the highlight of the seventh inning went to all of the Yankee prospects that we have! Corona got a base hit. Because of a wild pitch from Ekstrom, Corona scores. Ekstrom was NOT on his game last night. It was very difficult for him to stay in the zone. Nunez got a double, Golson got a sac grounder and Montero scored. Miranda scored a double, getting two more runners in. Russo slapped the ball into right field and scored another run. By this point, the score was 8-6! The Yanks were REALLY starting a rally. Vazquez got a double and Russo scored, making the game 8-7! Graniack got a pop fly into left field, moving Vazquez from second to third base. Corona came up again for the second time that inning, grounding to the shortstop to end the inning with the third out. This inning really showed that these rookies aren't kidding. They are really trying to prove themselves. Hopefully we'll see more of them during the season, and hopefully they'll still have the same potential.
In the eighth inning, Grant Duff started off the inning for the Yanks. Shealy works a walk, Furmaniak got a two run hit, making the game 10-7. Another run scored. In the bottom of the eighth inning, Swindle pitched for Tampa. He struck out Weber and Montero. However, he left the game with what seemed to be an injury. To replace him, Rollins cane in. The Yankees did not score that inning.
During the ninth inning, Mosely came in. He walked the first batter, gave up a hit to the second batter, walked the third batter with the bases loaded and nobody out. He struck out the fourth batter, getting him out somewhat of a jam. Then, things went downhill. Furmaniak scored a run. Perez struck out. After Mosely was taken out, Bleich was put in. A Yankee grounded the ball to second, ending the inning.
One thing I heard when taking notes on the game yesterday was that Nick Johnson is doing absolutely fine. He's doing better than he was the day before. Joe Girardi said that if this was a regular season game, Nick would have been playing. However, since the games aren't really that important, he said that he'd like to keep Johnson comfortable and he would like to make sure that he's 100% alright.
Sorry for the vague explanation of the game on Friday. I did something a little different this time. I collected my own information from watching the game with my cousin, Jimmy, and my grandfather, on Friday. We all sat together and discussed the different players and topics concerning the Yankees. I wouldn't want to watch a Yankee game with anyone else!