This morning’s intrasquad game is going to be the sort of thing you only find in spring training. The same group of fielders will play defense for each “team” of pitchers. The fielders won’t hit and the hitters won’t field, except for the catchers, who will do both. The hitters will run the bases.
Basically, pitch to pitch, it will be like a normal game — live hitter at the plate, live fielders in the field — but everything else will be played under a different set of rules. It will look and feel like a real game for the pitchers, and that’s all that matters.
I doubt it’s a coincidence that Marcus Thames is facing the two left-handed pitchers. I assume Randy Winn is in both lineups so that he can hit both right-handed and left-handed.
Pitchers: Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera, Damaso Marte, Dave Robertson
Catcher: Mike Rivera
Hitters (facing team Joba): Juan Miranda, Randy Winn, Mike Rivera, Jon Weber, Jamie Hoffmann
Pitchers: Joba Chamblerlain, Chan Ho Park
Catcher: Austin Romine
Hitters (facing team Pettitte): Marcus Thames, Randy Winn, Austin Romine, Reid Gorecki, Greg Golson
A lot of these names will be completely unfamiliar. They’re all lower-level minor leaguers, and thankfully, Kyle Higashioka was in camp for the day to catch bullpen sessions and agreed to identify everyone.
INF Addison Maruszak, INF Jimmy Paredes, INF Jose Mojica, INF Emerson Landoni, INF Kelvin Castro, OF Nathan Aron, OF Judd Golsan and 1B Luke Murton.
I know that’s too many infielders and not enough outfielders, but those are the names I was given. There might have been another outfielder who wasn’t standing with the group. It really won’t matter too much. All of these guys are playing a second game this afternoon at the minor league complex.
UPDATE, 10:02 a.m.: Limits for each pitcher: Pettitte and Chamberlain (5-6 innings, 75-80 pitches), Park (2 innings, 35 pitches), Rivera, Marte and Robertson (1 inning, 25 pitches).
Not sure who it is, but there’s an actual umpire here to call balls and strikes.
Top of the first: It seems that the lineups are subject to change. This really is like a minor league spring training game. The lineup Pettitte faced went like this: Golson, Winn, Thames, Gorecki, Weber, Golson, Miranda.
Golson: Struck out looking.
Winn: Clean single to center.
Thames: Single between third and short, might have been an out against a big league defense, but I tend to think it would have gotten through.
Gorecki: Fly out to right.
Weber: Single, RBI.
Golson: Hard-hit double to the wall in left-center. Two runs scored.
Miranda: Struck out looking.
That’s three earned runs on four hits with two strikeouts for Pettitte.
Bottom of the first: Chamberlain pitching.
Winn: Fly out to center field.
Hoffmann: Clean single up the middle on a 3-0 pitch.
Rivera: Grounded into a 5-4-3 double play after several pickoff throws from Chamberlain, who stayed on the field to give his third baseman a glove slap for a pretty solid play.
That’s one hit, no earned runs and no strikeouts for Chamberlain.
Top of the second: Pettitte pitching. Looks like the infielders are going to rotate in and out. They seem pretty interchangeable, and so far they’ve played pretty well.
Weber: Struck out looking.
Thames: Ground out to short.
Gorecki: E-7. The left fielder simply could not track down a routine fly ball. Gorecki got to second.
Romine: Infield single. Tough play for the third baseman, runner to third.
Winn: Fielder’s choice, 6-4.
Should have been a 1-2-3 inning for Pettitte. Instead he stranded runners at the corners. He’s thrown 35 pitches, 25 for strikes.
Bottom of the second: Chamberlain pitching. Just noticed CC Sabathia sitting among the coaches, watching Pettitte and Chamberlain.
Miranda: Ground out, 3-1.
Hoffmann: Ground out 4-3 after a good at-bat.
Winn: Doubled to center field.
Weber: Ground out, 4-3.
Good inning for Chamberlain. He had Winn in the hole 0-2 before giving up the hit to center field.
Top of the third: Pettitte pitching.
Thames: Single to left.
Golson: Struck out swinging.
Gorecki: Single up the middle, runner to second.
Hoffmann: Fielder’s choice, 6-4, runner advanced to third.
After getting knocked around in the first inning, Pettitte has looked pretty good in the past two. He’s throwing a lot of strikes.
Bottom of the third: Chamberlain pitching.
Miranda: Flied out to right.
Winn: First-pitch single to left.
Rivera: Double play, 5-4-3.
Chamberlain is at 42 pitches, 27 strikes. Three hits, no walks and no strikeouts through three innings. He’s gotten two double plays.
Top fourth: Pettitte pitching. He threw eight pitches, all strikes this inning, which ended with one out and runners at first and second.
Thames: Single to shallow center.
Golson: Single to center, runner to second. The CF made a bad play on the ball. Might have been an out against a big league outfielder.
Weber: Struck out.
Pettitte is finished after 3.1 innings. He threw 66 pitches, 45 for strikes.
Bottom fourth: Chamberlain pitching.
Gorecki: Double to right, took third on an error by the RF.
Miranda: Hard-hit double to right. Both runs scored.
Thames: Popped out to the first baseman in foul territory.
Weber: Struck out looking.
Chamberlain’s inning was over after the Weber strikeout. It ended with Miranda still at second.
Top of the fifth: Apparently the fourth inning wasn’t Pettitte’s last after all. He’s back out there for the fifth. Maybe they wanted him to have to sit down and get going again. I don’t know. Weird.
Winn: Fly out to deep center field.
Thames: Struck out swinging.
Romine: Single up the middle.
Golson: Single to left.
Gorecki: Infield single. The shortstop hesitated as if considering going to second. Probably should have been an out.
Doesn’t matter whether it should have been an out on the Gorecki grounder, because that was Pettitte’s final pitch of the inning. He walked off with two outs and the bases loaded. Counting outs instead of “innings” Pettitte’s line is: 4 IP, 12 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 6 K. He threw 80 pitches, 54 for strikes.
Bottom fifth: Chamberlain pitching.
Hoffmann: Singled to right.
Miranda: Grounded into a 4-6-3 double play.
Rivera: Popped out to the catcher in foul territory.
Golson: Popped out to the third baseman in foul territory.
That’s a four-out inning for Chamberlain. Assuming he’s done Chamberlain’s line is: 5 innings, 6 hits, 2 runs, 2 earned runs, 1 walk and 1 strikeout. He threw 75 pitches, 48 for strikes.
Top sixth: Mariano Rivera pitching.
Gorecki: Singled up the middle on a 2-2 pitch. Took second on a passed ball.
Thames: Fly out to right.
Romine: Ground out.
Winn: Struck out looking.
That should be it for Rivera, 22 pitches, 16 strikes. He allowed the one hit.
Bottom sixth: Chan Ho Park pitching.
Thames: Ground out to short.
Rivera: Struck out swinging.
Winn: Struck out swinging.
Gorecki: Struck out swinging.
Park got his first three out, including two strikeouts, on just nine pitches. He then struck out Gorecki on four pitches.
Top seventh: Damaso Marte pitching.
Winn: Single to center.
Thames: Struck out.
Minor leaguer*: Grounded into a 5-4-3 double play.
Minor leaguer*: Walked
Romine: Fly out to center.
* The Yankees twice sent one of the minor league fielders up to hit. I have no idea who it was, but he was a lefty.
Bottom seventh: Park pitching.
UPDATE, 12:29 p.m.: Sorry for the lack of updates on Park’s second inning and Robertson’s inning. I had to go downstairs for interviews, now I have 30 minutes to get to Clearwater. I’ll start updating again when I get there.