The Yankees sent split squads into action on Saturday, playing the Toronto Blue Jays and the Atlanta Braves
Game 1: Yankees Win 8-3 Over Atlanta
The Yankees sent out Opening Day starter Luis Severino to face the Atlanta Braves. Severino struck out 7 batters over 5 innings, while giving up 2 earned runs and walking two. The only damage against Severino came on a 2-run homerun from Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies.
Chad Green gave up the only other Brave run in his one inning pitched.
The offense in this game was spread out evenly, with 7 different players scoring runs. Aaron Hicks, Ryan McBroom, and Gleyber Torres all had two hit games for the Yankees. Both Hicks and McBroom hit homeruns in the 4th inning off Atlanta Braves starter Julio Teheran.
Besides the two homeruns Teheran was decent for the Braves, striking out 5 batters through five innings while walking only one batter.
Scott Kazmir, Jose Ramirez, and Rex Brothers all tossed scoreless innings for Atlanta before the wheels fell off in the top of the 9th.
With the Yankees behind 3-2 in the 9th, McBroom started things off with a lead off walk against Braves pitcher David Peterson. Peterson managed to strike out Tyler Austin, but Angel Aguilar continued things with a hard single to left.
After a Diego Castillo flyout for the second out of the inning, Torres, Billy McKinney Shane Robinson all hit singles to put the Yankees ahead 5-3.
Peterson’s day was over, but the Yankees weren’t finished. Justin Kelly came in relief of Peterson, and promptly walked Jeff Hendrix and Francisco Diaz, walking in a run.
Ryan McBroom came up to bat for his second time of the inning, and hit single, scoring two more runs.
The late rally put the game out of reach, and Cody Carroll closed it out by retiring all 3 batters he faced in the 9th.
Game 2 – Yankees Defeat Blue Jays 13-6
In game two of split squad action, the Yankees sent David Hale to the mound.
Hale struck out three batters over three innings, but also gave up 3 ER. Most of the damage came in the 1st inning when Randal Grichuk hit a 2-run homerun.
Giovanny Gallegos pitched 2 scoreless innings, allowing no runs or walks while striking out one batter.
The Yankees offense was unstoppable in this one, as they managed to score runs off of the first five pitchers the Blue Jays sent out.
The offense was balanced in this game as well, as nine different Yankees managed to score at least one run.
Miguel Andújar had a productive day, going 1 for 3, but also walked twice and score three times.
The Yankees will be in action again this afternoon against the Tampa Bay Rays.