Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Training Game #12: The Yankees again

Do you like hitting and offense? Sorry, we are fresh out of that here. The game against the Yankees was, to say the least, devoid of any real potency. The most exciting moment was when Dan Uggla got plunked in the back of the head with a fastball. He's fine, but as my friend Ashleigh put it, "Maybe that will knock some hitting sense into him." We can only hope.

One of the funniest moments in the game came in the 7th inning. The game was 1-0 Braves, and the Yankees were showing absolutely no signs of giving a crap about scoring. Tyler Pastornicky comes to the plate and legs out a slow roller to short where the SS lazily tossed the ball to first. He then proceeds to steal second, and in the process gets a free pass to third as the catcher heaves the ball into center field on an overthrow. Then to add to fielding fail, Mark Montomery commits a balk. That scores Pastornicky to make it 2-0 without the ball ever leaving the infield, or even another batter making contact. You don't see that very often.

Maholm probably couldn't pitch any worse and still hold a team to no earned runs. He went 3.2 innings on over 70 pitches (holy lack of economy, Batman!), he walked 4 guys, gave up 3 hits, and stuck out two. The command wasn't there at all. He was nipping at corners and missing all over the place. I'm glad he didn't give up any runs, but the Yankees weren't trying really hard yesterday, and he wasn't in the zone enough for my tastes. We did get to see JR Graham make another appearance, and he looked very solid in his 2 innings giving up only a hit, and inducing 3 straight groundouts in the 9th. That kid is going to be on the major league radar in the near future.

Hitting? Uhhh, hitting...hitting...let me check. Ah, Freddie Freeman went 2/3, so he's still seeing the ball really well. Jordan Schafer went 1/2 with a run scored and 2 walks, so his eye and patience at the plate was very solid. Then you have Dan Uggla who went 0/2 with a strikeout and took a pitch to the head. Ugh. He's exhausting me already. Heyward, Justin Upton, Joey Terd, and Chris Johnson also had an 0-for game with no walks. Add 7 more strikeouts to the board. That's becoming a very real number for us. We're now 11th in strikeouts in Spring Training, and closing in fast on the top 10. The good news is we're tied for 3rd in Spring Training for home runs. We'll need those bombs, but we'll also need people on base for them, and we're 29th in walks. Not the kind of approach I want. That's why we're working it out in Spring.

Go Braves!

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