Saturday, April 2, 2016

Yankees Overcome Marlins

     The New York Yankees compiled just three hits as they pulled off a 3-2 comeback victory over the Miami Marlins on Friday night at Marlins Park. It was the first game of a two-game set to complete spring training for both clubs prior to the regular season.
     The Yankees struck first during the fourth inning as Brett Gardner hit a lead-off home run on a 0-1 pitch down the right-field line against Jose Fernandez for a 1-0 lead. Fernandez, who is penciled in as the Marlins opening day starting pitcher, gave up one run on two hits and struck out seven in four innings of work.
     Miami evened the contest up at 1-1 in the sixth inning against former teammate Nathan Eovaldi. Giancarlo Stanton began with a single to center field and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt to the left side by Justin Bour. Martin Prado followed with an infield base hit to the right side and Stanton went to third. J.T. Realmuto then knocked in Stanton with a single into shallow center field.
Eovaldi pitched 5 1/3 innings and surrendered one run on seven hits.
     A.J. Ramos entered the game in the ninth inning, however New York came back with a two-run frame to regain the lead 3-2. Aaron Hicks started the rally and got on base with a walk. Lane Adams then pinched-hit for Alex Rodriguez and blasted a two-run homer to left field on the first pitch.

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