Yankees: Good news and bad news in victory over Baltimore

New York Yankees, Jordan Montgomery
Mar 22, 2018; Fort Myers, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery (47) throws a pitch during the first inning of a Spring Training baseball game against the Minnesota Twins at CenturyLink Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports

There’s just something about New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres and the Baltimore Orioles, he simply seems to be their kryptonite.

On Tuesday, the Yankees face off against Baltimore in their third spring training game of the off-season, and Torres produced two hits on two at-bats, scoring a run in the third inning. Torres has started spring training strong, with a .750 BA, despite a small sample size.

The 4–2 win was filled with positives for the Bombers, with the only negative coming from Jordan Montgomery in the first inning.

Good and bad news for the New York Yankees:

The Yankees posted a three-run third inning, which put Baltimore out of reach for the remainder of the contest. Sluggers Luke Voit and Mike Ford both earned an RBI and left fielder Clint Frazier also recorded an RBI, singling to left and driving in DJ LeMahieu in the 1st. It’s nice to see Fraizer get on the board early, especially with skipper Aaron Boone instilling his confidence in the Yankees’ new starter at the position.

Clint has taken over for veteran Brett Gardner, who is still confident he can earn consistent reps in the OF. Gardner offers plenty of value as a depth piece, especially if injuries and inconsistencies arise.

To add to the positives, the bullpen was phenomenal, as Luis Garcia logged two strikeouts and one walk over his sole inning of work. The trio of Brooks Krisme, Glenn Otto, and Trevor Lane didn’t allow a run, as Lane struck out three batters to close out the seventh inning.

The only con on the day was Jordan Montgomery, who allowed two hits, two walks, and one earned run in his first appearance of spring training. This is nothing to write home about, considering they have plenty of time to work out the kinks. Even Gerrit Cole struggled in his first action on Monday, so we can move forward expecting Monty to be just fine.

The Yankees are preparing to take on the Blue Jays on Wednesday at 6:35 PM, and new acquisition Corey Kluber will get the ball for the first time in pinstripes. This should be an exciting one to watch.

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