Yankee Rookie JP Sears Helps Ron Marinacio Get The Bombers By Orioles

Yankee Rookie JP Sears

The injury was the theme of Yankees Day, and indeed the entire week.

With a right calf injury, Giancarlo Stanton was added to the disabled list on Wednesday. DJ Lemhieu was once again ruled out due to soreness in his left wrist. Jonathan Loisiga was also placed on the shelf, joining Aroldis Chapman and Chad Green, who were both sent to IL earlier this week due to injuries. The Yankees required a strong cast as well as a diversion from the gloomy atmosphere of terrible news.

Before Wednesday’s game, JP Sears had pitched two innings in the major leagues. Sears, making his Major League debut, gave the Yankees precisely what they needed, pitching the first five innings on his own to help seal a 2-0 victory over the Orioles at Yankee Stadium.

Aaron Boone opened his postgame remarks by saying, “It’s been a challenging two days for us with the players going down.” “I’m proud of what they’ve accomplished.”

O got three hits and no runs from Sears, while the other five were sent back to the dugout with K. The young southpaw threw 84 pitches and got a strike or a whiff on 25 of them (29.7%), somewhat more than the league average of 27.6%. His slider was very crooked, as he threw 24 of them with zeros, resulting in an Orioles hit.

“It was fantastic,” remarked Sears. “It turned out to be a fantastic one.” We were making some pitches, locating the ball, and trusting on [Kyle Higashioka] back there when I needed to.”

Yankee Rookie JP Sears

“He continued making the pitch,” Boone added. They were able to make the actual pitch efficient, allowing us to get five [innings] tonight. Shutting them down, especially when they were facing difficulty, was a tremendous deal for us.

Things couldn’t have gone any better for Sears, who passed the ball to Ron Marinaccio, a fellow rookie who was on the Yankees’ opening day roster with Sears before being sent back to the minors.

Marinaccio‘s second and third innings were much more precise. The 26-year-old from Toms River, NJ, didn’t allow a hit or walk while striking out three batters in his best start in the majors. Before Wednesday night, Marinacio had never pitched two whole innings or struck out three batters in an MLB game. With a nasty changeup that he threw more often than his fastball, he kept the Birds off balance. In the 13 variations he bowled, he took eight swings, none of which put the ball in play.

For the balance of the season, Sears and Marinaccio will be terrible, and rookies should not be expected. In a few weeks, there’s a good probability that one or both of them won’t be on the roster. But they were as excellent as they needed to be on Wednesday night, providing the Yankees with a mood they intend to carry into the first series of the season against the pesky Tampa Bay Rays.

Miguel Andujar, who had been in Triple-A with Sears and Marinecio a week earlier, provided Wednesday’s offence. Andujar – forced to bat fifth due to injuries to Stanton, Lemahieu, and Josh Donaldson, as well as Josh Donaldson’s illness – got on the board with a ground-rule double from Aaron Judge and a single from Gleber Torres. With a bat speed of 104.8 mph, that fourth-inning laser scored the opening run of the game.

Andujar didn’t last long at first base. Andujar broke for second during Gallo’s at-bat after Joey hit the back of his head, resulting in a throwing error that allowed Torres to stroll home from third. Andujar’s innings pushed the audience into frenzy, but the utility man’s defence was something that the coaching staff would notice.

“Last few nights, watching him spin left field, his athleticism comes into play there,” mused Boone. “You can see he’s relaxed.”

On Wednesday, Andujar, a natural fielder, handled left field like a veteran. During Marinacio’s stint, he made a diving catch in the corner that, if handled incorrectly, could have provided the spark the Orioles needed to make the final innings more interesting.

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Instead, the Orioles were buried in the eighth inning by Lucas Luetge and Miguel Castro, a true oil and water combo of throwing styles. Clay Holmes blew out the lights with 15 pitches in the ninth inning, and the Yankees were won over by their organisational depth.

Stanton expects that some of the sidelined bombers, such as Lemahieu and Donaldson, will return shortly. Greene, on the other hand, has been out for years, and Chapman’s (Achilles) and Loisiga’s (shoulder) injuries have left them with scary sections of the body. With people like Sears and Marinaccio drawn on the downturn of the trade, the Yankees are well-equipped to manage a sudden storm, and better yet, the two have now proven capable of making good contributions to wins at the top level.

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