New York Yankees Reaction: Gardner Homers, Eovaldi Roughed Up In Loss To Twins

The New York Yankees dropped today’s ballgame 5-2 after starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi was hit hard by the Minnesota Twins. 

  • Minnesota Twins: 5 (15-10)
  • New York Yankees: 2 (10-13)
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  • George M. Steinbrenner Field, Tampa, FL

The New York Yankees are eight days away from Opening Day in the Bronx, and are getting their final reps in Spring Training.

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Today, Nathan Eovaldi, who’s looking to build on a successful first year in New York, surrendered five runs (four earned) on seven hits and only struck out fiven in 5.1 innings of work.

Nasty Nate’s spring ERA is at a respectable 3.86 ERA though so there’s no reason to worry.

In the third inning, the Twins got on the board first thanks to a Danny Santana double that was creamed into left-center. That put Minnesota up 1-0.

The Bombers would answer rather quickly, thanks to a blast by Brett Gardner. Facing his former teammate, Phil Hughes, he lifted one high and deep to right until it eventually landed over the wall.

Gardner’s spring batting average is now up to .286 in seven games played. That’s good news for the Yankees, as his bat is a major key to success in 2016.

In the top of the sixth, the Twins scored four runs on five hits with Danny Santana, Brian Dozier, Byung Ho Park, and Eduardo Escobar recording RBI’s. At the end of the half inning, the Yankees trailed 5-1.

Dellin Betances came in to relieve Eovaldi and pitched a scoreless .2 innings of work while striking out one.

Yankees’ closer Andrew Miller, Chasen Shreve, and Kirby Yates held the Twins scoreless for the remainder of the ballgame and only allowed one hit.

Unfortunately, the Bombers couldn’t piece together a comeback on Easter Sunday. Austin Romine, the Yankees back-up catcher, did rope an RBI double in the ninth to cut the deficit, but it just wasn’t enough as they fell 5-2.

News broke prior to the contest that Rob Refsnyder was demoted to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, which is an interesting move my the Yankee front office.

Refsnyder was looking to help out the versatility of the big league club with his ability to play third, second, and right field. The Yankees decided, however, it was best to let him get reps in the minors to start the year.

Tomorrow, the Detroit Tigers come into Tampa to take on the Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field at 6:35 PM ET. Luis Cessa will get the starting nod for the Yankees as he looks to earn a spot in the bullpen.

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