The Detroit Tigers beat the New York Yankees 6-5 in a spring training matchup at George Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla. on Friday evening. Since this game doesn’t mean anything in the actual standings, we’ll hold off on the blow-by-blow recap of how the game transpired. Daz Cameron hit a home run, but check out the box score if you want any more details.
Instead, let’s talk about the Things We Saw from the Baseball Game.
Spencer Turnbull pitched the fifth and sixth innings, and looked fairly sharp in the process. His fastball sat around 93 miles per hour, and he struck out three while only giving up one hit. One of his strikeouts came at the hands of Aaron Judge, who had no idea what to do with this breaking ball.
Daniel Norris’ fastball sat in the 90-92 mile per hour range, if you trust the broadcast’s radar gun. He walked a batter, but was squeezed a bit in the at-bat. Otherwise, his outing was unremarkable.
Kyle Funkhouser had one of the more interesting outings of the night. He looked sharp early on, and struck out a pair of major leaguers to start his lone inning of work. Brett Gardner was fooled by a 94 mph fastball — he was visibly frustrated by a strike call on the pitch before that, which may have played a role here — and Gleyber Torres went fishing.
Funkhouser’s final line (two runs allowed on four hits) doesn’t tell the whole story, though. He allowed a one out double to DJ LeMahieu, but should have been out of the inning when he allowed a two-out fly ball to right. It was a fairly difficult play at first glance, but it looked like Cam Gibson drifted toward the ball somewhat. I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that Gibson should have made the play, even if he didn’t get a glove on the ball. Funkhouser then allowed a pair of seeing-eye singles before inducing another grounder to finally end the inning.
Yankees righthander Domingo German struck out the side after allowing a run in the seventh. Victor Reyes looked particularly lost in this sequence.
If the Tigers send runners home from third in the regular season as aggressively as they did in this game, we’ll be yelling at third base coach Dave Clark a lot in 2019.
The YES announcers did their best Jim Price impressions in the eighth, informing viewers how to identify players who have come over from minor league camp. You know, the whole “double-flapped helmet, locker on wheels” bit.
Brady Policelli held his own in a ninth inning at-bat against Yankees reliever Tommy Kahnle. Policelli made loud contact on a line drive to right field, and was rewarded when the ball glanced off Isiah Gilliam’s glove for an error. Danny Woodrow also had himself a nice inning, scoring Policelli with a double and stealing third base.
Sergio Alcantara saved the game (and this dumb recap) with a spectacular diving catch to end the game in the ninth. We’ll do our best to find video of it shortly.
Matthew Boyd didn’t have his best outing, and gave up a long home run to Giancarlo Stanton. I didn’t see that part of the game, though, because...
oh snap the Tigers are playing right now— Bless You Boys (@blessyouboys) March 9, 2019
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