Originally written on Bronx Pinstripes  |  Last updated 11/19/14
Photo: MLB Pressbox New York Yankees 8 — Atlanta Braves 3   Outfielder Almonte shined on offense and defense in the 8-3 win over the Atlanta Braves to open Spring Training.   Early in Spring Training, defense isn’t as solid as you want and for the Atlanta Braves, this was evident. An error by third baseman Chris Johnson put outfielder Melky Mesa on base. Mesa would steal second and advance to third on a passed ball but he would be able to walk home. Outfielder Zoilo Almonte would hit a 2-run home run off of former Angels reliever Jordan Walden with Mesa on third, beginning a 4-run 3rd inning that would contain another of the Braves’ 3 errors of the day. Second baseman Robinson Cano would go opposite field with a home run in the 5th inning. As any Spring Training would go, there was a mass substitution in the 7th inning as the Yankees continued to see what their organization possesses. On 3 hits and 3 walks, many minor league players and Spring Training invitees put on a good show as they put up 3 additional runs. Catcher Austin Romine highlighted the 7th inning with a 2-run single.   David Phelps was tabbed with the Spring Training opener and put together 2 scoreless innings with 3 hits. Phelps was helped out of potential trouble with his defense. In the 1st inning, Freddie Freeman hit a line drive to right field where Zoilo Almonte defended and he showed off a cannon of an arm, throwing out outfielder Reed Johnson, attempting to advance to third from first on the single. In the 2nd inning, Francisco Cervelli, showing he is deserving of the starting catcher’s job, caught Braves’ outfielder Todd Cunningham attempting to steal second base. 6 Minor League pitchers would follow Phelps. Right-handed pitcher Mikey O’Brien took the most damage in his inning of work as he gave up a 2-run home run to Braves designated hitter Evan Gattis in the 6th inning. Right-handed pitcher Brett Marshall also gave up a single run in his 2 innings of work immediately following Phelps.   Win – David Phelps Loss – Jordan Walden   Notables Yankees *Zoilo Almonte – 1 for 3, R, 2-Run Home Run (1) in the 3rd, 2 RBI (2) *Robinson Cano – 1 for 3, 2 R, Solo Home Run (1) in the 5th, RBI (1) Braves *Evan Gettis – 2 for 3, R, 2B, 2-Run Home Run (1) in the 6th, 2 RBI (2) *Freddie Freeman – 2 for 3, R
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Knicks reportedly ‘in play’ for Kevin Durant

Fire alarm at Patriots’ hotel goes off for second time in three days

Former NFL QB Jeff Blake: Everyone deflates footballs

Columnist: Media should boycott Skittles to protest Lynch

WATCH: Irving scores career-high 55, hits game winner

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

FCS star QB considering transferring to Oregon

Gronk on interest in his partying: 'I'm a baller'

Jim Harbaugh looking to flip No. 1 quarterback recruit

Colts' suspension of Richardson voids $3.1 million

Five players replacing the biggest names in Pac-12 for 2015

Report: Broncos hire Phillips as defensive coordinator

Where did Seahawks, Patriots find their Super Bowl players?

The all-time best Super Bowl team

Jimbo Fisher's extension could be worth $44 million

Morris twins investigated for possible assault

Padres are bringing back the brown pinstripes

Phil Jackson's old Knicks teams used to deflate balls

David Blatt: There should be more LeBron MVP talk

Richard Sherman, girlfriend expecting son during SB week

WATCH: Marshawn, Gronk play Mortal Kombat with Conan

Armstrong: I’d use PEDs again under same circumstances

Top five free agent quarterbacks

Report: NFL investigators to consult physicist on Deflategate

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Knicks ‘in play’ for Kevin Durant?

Ex-QB: Everyone deflates footballs

Where did 'Hawks, Pats find players?

Columnist: Start Skittles media boycott

The all-time best Super Bowl team

Blatt wants more LeBron MVP talk

Best Super Bowl ads of all-time

5 X-factors for Super Bowl XLIX

Ten worst teams to ever play in a SB

Six MLB teams going all-in on 2015

Patriots' keys to Super Bowl victory

Seahawks' keys to Super Bowl victory

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.