What a day in Bradenton!
Some of the details:
- Austin Jackson hit a two-run home run, his first of the spring, off Denny Bautista.
- Uber-catching prospect Jesus Montero also notched his first spring home run -- a grand slam, no less, off Chris Bootcheck.
- Former Thunder shortstop Ramiro Pena had no hits but still managed to drive in two runs.
- Both Jackson and Pena stole a base.
It wasn't all rosy for the Yanks' prospects, though. Mark Melancon, the reliever whom most predict will succeed Mariano Rivera at closer, had possibly the worst outing of his career.
His line: 2/3 innings pitched, 6 hits, 5 earned runs, 1 walk, 1 strikeout and 2 home runs. Not pretty, but I guess even Melancon is due for a bad day now and again. To put it in perspective, Melancon allowed just 24 earned runs in 95 innings pitched last season.
All in all, a pretty nice seven innings for some of the boys in Bradenton.
UPDATE: Our long national nightmare is over, folks. Kevin Russo has a spring training hit. He got a single late in the game, going from 0-for-17 to 1-for-18. Good for him.