YMLN - Weems Breaks It Open In The Dominican

Weems made his presence felt in his first at-bat

BOCA CHICA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - The Yankees defeated the Red Sox 8-4 on Tuesday afternoon at Dominican Instructs on the strength of a six-run sixth inning as Chase Weems broke the game open.

  • Chase Weems didn't start the game on Tuesday but he did chip in with one of the game's biggest hits in his first at-bat. Subbing for Kyle Higashioka [1-2] in the sixth inning, Weems tripled home two runs with a laser shot over the right-fielder's head. He later reached on an error in his only other at-bat.

  • D.J. Mitchell started the game for the Yankees and struggled early to find his command. He walked the first batter he faced who then promptly stole two bases before an errant throw by Higashioka into left field plated the first run of the game. He later hit a batter in the same inning before settling down, retiring the next five batters in order. He struck out three batters in his three innings of work. He was obviously working on his changeup and his fastball command wasn't very sharp, but he didn't allow an earned run and gave up just one hit.

  • Tuesday's Starting Lineup: Eduardo Sosa, Jose Pirela, Kelvin De Leon, Garrison Lassiter, Reymond Nunez, Kyle Higashioka, Carlos Urena, Elio De La Rosa, and Victor Reynoso.

  • Garrison Lassiter went 3-4 with a run scored and an RBI. All three hits were singles, including one in between the first and second base gap to drive home a run in the Yankees' six-run sixth.

  • Carlos Urena hit a monstrous two-run home run to left-centerfield in the sixth inning for his only hit in the game [1-4]. His homer made up for the fact he didn't bust it out of the box in his first at-bat when he popped up to the catcher. Reportedly after losing weight after his gunshot wound earlier this season, physically he appears to have put it back on and he's looking stronger than ever.

  • Like Mitchell, Matt Richardson tossed three innings on Tuesday and struggled in his first inning of work. He allowed a single and immediately walked the next two batters in that first inning before inducing an inning-ending pop-up. He wound up walking three batters in all and failed to strike out a batter on the afternoon, but he was showing a very good curveball at times.

  • Eduardo Sosa had one of the more productive 0-fers. He went 0-3 but drew two walks, stole a base, and scored a run. He hit the ball in each of his three hitless at-bats, including just getting under a ball he hit to deep centerfield, and also made a great defensive play where he tracked down a laser shot hit to his right and nearly over his head.

  • First baseman Reymond Nunez went 2-3 with three RBI, a walk, and a run scored in the victory. He jumped into the sixth inning festivities with an RBI double to deep right field and later laced an RBI single in his final at-bat of the afternoon.

  • Arodys Vizcaino endured the same first inning struggles that plagued Mitchell and Richardson on Tuesday. After being staked to 6-1 lead when he entered the game in the seventh inning, he promptly served up a solo home run to the first batter he faced and then surrendered a ringing double in the next at-bat. He settled down after that, however, retiring the next eight batters he faced, including four strikeouts. He too was noticeably working on his changeup, and while the command of it was pretty good, it was apparent his arm speed slowed down when throwing them.

  • Jose Pirela [1-5, stolen base, run], Kelvin De Leon [1-3, HBP, run], Elio De La Rosa [1-4, double, run], and Victor Reynoso [1-3, HBP, RBI] all chipped in with hits in the game as well.

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