Seventeen-year-old Gary Sanchez continued to impress Tuesday against the Phillies as he went 2-3 with three runs driven in. In his first at bat he took a 1-0 pitch and drove it down the first base line, and into the right field corner plating two. Later with a runner on third Sanchez chopped a ball back up the middle and beat it out for an infield single.
Wilton Rodriguez tossed four innings of four-hit ball, allowing one run while striking out three and walking one. He featured a 91-93 mph fastball. The buzz I heard about the Yankees players is that this is the hardest he has thrown this year. Rodriguez also had a great curveball working and a nasty changeup that kept hitters off-balance.
Yobanny Reyes, Francisco Gil and Joel Marte each tossed an inning to close out the seven-inning affair. The three pitchers allowed one run, on a single hit combined and struck out one.
Reyes was hit hard, but he had the luxury of having Eladio Moronta in centerfield. Rumor has it he can run a 6.2 60-yard-dash. Reyes also looked great coming off the mound on a bunt attempt by a speedy lefty. Reyes fielded his position well, coming off the mound to the third-base side and made a throw on the run for the out. He was clocked with a 91-93 mph fastball.
The first batter to greet Gil did so with a triple into the right-centerfield gap. He would later come around to score on a ground out. Gil was clocked between 89-90 mph and settled down nicely after giving up the triple to force three infield ground outs.
Marte retired his three batters quickly, in order. He induced two ground outs and forced a hitter to chase a breaking ball in the dirt for a strikeout.
Luis Parache knocked home a run with an RBI double. Moronta also had a RBI single. Jose Toussen, Kelvin DeLeon, Henry Pena and Jhorge Liccien all had a single apiece.
Many hitters struggled against a slow pitcher on the mound. He was throwing mid-80's and many guys had trouble staying back against him. Reymond Nunez struck out three times. Fu-Lin Kuo, Isaiah Brown, Pena, DeLeon and Anderson Feliz each had one strikeout.
Outside of the performance by Sanchez and the pitching staff, it was a fairly normal day at the Extended Spring Training Complex.
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