Legends On Deck

Yankees Future Stars Shine In Spring Opener

Yanks Future Stars

Aaron Judge greeted by #74 Slade Heathcott and #93 Jake Cave after home run ties game.

No Derek JeterMariano Rivera, Jorge Posada, or even Andy Pettitte.  The four main guys that came through the system are now gone and a thing of the past, so what do the Bronx Bombers have left, AROD? Well yes but also maybe a new core of players to shine from within their system.

On Tuesday the Yankees opened their spring schedule on the road at the Phillies spring home, Bright House Field and Legends On Deck was on hand to capture the action.

It was a beautiful day for Spring Training Opening Day, as excited fans filled the stadium. The familiar smells of hot dogs, chants from the fans and shouts of “Beer Here” was a good reminder that baseball is back.

The Yankees struck first and took an early lead with a run in the top of first inning, after minor leaguer Jose Pirela singled home right fielder Chris Young. The Phillies managed to get back in the game and take a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth, after Ryan Howard singled in Freddy Galvis and Cody Asche hit a sac fly to score Grady Sizemore.

The Phillies would tack on one in the next frame and two kore in the bottom of the seventh to take a commanding 5-1 lead. But the Yankees were not done yet, as they charged back with four runs of their own in the top of the ninth inning to tie the game.

With the Yanks trailing 5-2 in the ninth, Aaron Judge, who is #5 on the clubs Top 20 Prospect Watch list, hit a towering shot to left center field to tie the game at 5-5.  The game was called a tie after the Phillies went scoreless in the bottom of the ninth.

The Yanks managed 13 hits with top prospects Judge (1 for 2, HR, 3 RBI) #8 Jake Cave (1 for 2, RBI), and #11 Greg Bird (2 for 3), leading the way. The Phillies had eight hits led by Ryan Howard (2 for 2, RBI).

Shot of the day
Shot of the day

Phillies Dominic Brown steals second.

In other major league games, the Detroit Tigers took care of the Baltimore Orioles 15-2, Pittsburgh Pirates held on to defeat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-7, Cinncinatti Reds blanked the Cleveland Indians 10-0 and the Oakland A’s defeated the defending World Series Champs, San Francisco Giants 9-4.

David Conde
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