The simulated game is over. The Yankees won.
Dustin Moseley and Sergio Mitre threw, essentially, two innings apiece. Then the regular relievers pitched an inning each. In order: Kerry Wood, Joba Chamberlain, Boone Logan and Dave Robertson. The writers joked that it was time to ask Joe Girardi why he went with Wood in the fifth inning and moved Robertson to the eighth.
As for results, I can’t begin to explain how little they mattered. Francisco Cervelli looped a ball into right field off Moseley, and the two had a fake argument about whether it was a base hit. Best I could tell, each “inning” consisted of four batters, no matter the result of each at-bat. Bullpen catcher Roman Rodriguez caught the first four innings, then Cervelli caught the last four.
Two things that stood out: Wood was outstanding and Chamberlain was throwing gas.
Wood broke Ramiro Pena’s bat, got Golson swinging at a terrific changeup and threw what looked like back-to-back perfect cutters to Austin Kearns. Before those two pitches, Dave Eiland and Wood had a short conversation behind the mound. It seemed to be something about mechanics, and when Wood stepped back onto the rubber he said something to Kearns — I’m pretty sure he was telling him what pitches were coming — then fired those back-to-back pitches down in the zone. Granted, Cervelli is easily excited, but he was legitimately pumped about those pitches. He was giving very real fist pumps in the middle of a very simulated game.
As for Chamberlain, I didn’t seen anyone in the building with a radar gun, but Chamberlain pitched immediately after Wood, and the ball popped much louder in Cervelli’s mitt. It was a different sound when Chamberlain was on the mound.
Now the rest of the team is on the field for the day’s regular workout. Pretty routine stuff: Normal batting practice groups, Pena getting some grounders all over the infield, outfielders making their throws from their individual spots. The only thing that stands out is that there are a ton of photographers and TV camera crews documenting every second.