The Yankees former top prospect, Jesus Montero, had a good night in his return to Yankee Stadium, hitting a solo shot in the 6th inning, but the pair who replaced him, Raul Ibanez and Andruw Jones, had a pretty good night themselves.
Montero was expected to serve as the Yankees DH this season before he was traded to Seattle for Michael Pineda. After the deal the Bombers decided to go with the veteran duo as his replacement and the pair combined to hit two home runs, off King Felix Hernandez no less, and drove in five runs as they provided most of the offense.
Ibanez, who actually started in left field, had the biggest shot – a three-run homer in the 6th inning that gave the Yankees a 4-2 lead. Jones then pinch hit for Eric Chavez in the 8th inning and crushed a two-run shot to put them up 6-2, the final score.
Ibanez has his line on the season at .268/.322/.537/.859 in 26 games so far. Jones’ line reads .240/.316/.500/.816 in 17 games. Both players have better lines than Montero so far who has hit .267/.281/.440/.721 in 30 games.
So while the trade was horrible, with both Pineda and Jose Campos on the DL, early on it looks like the Yankees did a solid job replacing him as the DH. At least for this season.