Oh, how nice it is to have baseball back.
On Tuesday, Spring Training games finally began. Teams began with clean slates, and after three long winter months, two teams played organized games for the first time. Yes, I am very happy. The Yankees and Tigers made my day today, they did me a favor. They reminded me that every day from now until October will include baseball. Oh joy!
So now that my rambling is finally over, let's get to the recaps of the inaugural Spring Training games.
Detroit Tigers 12, Florida Southern Moccasins 0
Win: Robbie Ray
Loss: Nate Carter
When you put a college team up against professionals, you should expect to see a landslide of a victory, even if the professionals may not be starters. The Tigers were all over Florida Southern's pitching, getting thirteen hits, while only allowing three. Steve Lombardozzi, acquired from the Nationals for Doug Fister, got two hits (a single and a double) and scored two runs. Daniel Fields and Tyler Collins each swatted home runs. Pitchers Drew VerHagen, Robbie Ray, Kyle Lobstein, Jose Ortega, Jhan Martinez, Jose Valdez, and Melvin Mercedes tossed a combined shutout to a Florida Southern team that only was able to get three base runners.
Players of the Game:
Robbie Ray: Win, two innings pitched, one hit, no runs, five strikeouts
Tyler Collins: 3-3, home run, one run scored, one RBI
New York Yankees 8, Florida State Seminoles 3
Win: Vidal Nuno
Loss: Pete Miller
The Yankees made this one a tad bit closer; their lead was only two heading into the bottom of the sixth inning. They didn't play as many starters as the Tigers, only Brett Gardner is a sure thing in making their roster, but they ended up winning by a fine margin. Gardner got a hit in his only at bat; the Yankees got two hits from JR Murphy, Ramon Flores, and Jose Gil to power them to victory. Flores had a good game: he hit a solo home run, and scored another. The Seminoles got all three of their runs from John Sansone, who hit a bases-clearing double in the top of the sixth inning.
Players of the Game:
Vidal Nuno: Win, two innings pitched, one hit, no runs, three strikeouts
Ramon Flores: 3-3, home run, two runs scored, one RBI
There's more baseball tomorrow. Whoo-hoo!