Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Jordan Montgomery carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning, Didi Gregorius homered and the Yankees posted their fourth win in the last five games despite hitting into a rare run-scoring triple play, securing a 4-2 victory over the Reds in Interleague action on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.
Relying heavily on his sinker and curveball, Montgomery faced the minimum through five innings before Scott Schebler broke up the no-hit bid with a double to right-center field, prompting a standing ovation from the crowd of 44,268. The rookie left-hander held Cincinnati to a run and two hits over 6 2/3 frames in an 85-pitch effort, securing his first win in five starts.
Great to see Monty recovering after a bad stretch (including his worst start of the season last week).
The triple play was hilariously bad base running by Didi Gregorius (and, credit where credit’s due, a head’s up play by Joey Votto at first), but hey, at least they got a run out of it.
Dellin Betances came in in the 8th and was awful. The double he gave up to Billy Hamilton was a case of a bad break going the Reds’ way (Aaron Judge had a glove on it, but the ball popped out) but then an even worse break going the Yankees’ way (the injured Zack Cozart was running from first, so he couldn’t score on the double - why in the freakin’ world the Red let a guy who can’t run remain on first base in a tie game is beyond me. They pinch-ran for him after the play, which was way too little, way too late).
After the game, Joe Girardi said that they were treating David Robertson as if he were unavailable. I suspect this is part of an attempt to stagger innings for Betances, Robertson and Chapman so that one of them is always fresh, but it hurt tonight when A. Betances came in instead of D-Rob and B. Warren had to come in and clean up Betances’ mess. Betances had trouble locating his fastball, after previously having trouble locating his breaking ball when he started this month-long suckitude. Hopefully they can get him straightened out.
In good news for the bullpen, first off, Warren successfully DID bail Betances out and more importantly, Chapman looked very close to his old self in the ninth for the save. Hopefully he is getting his shit figured out. It was a lot nicer when you knew you could depend on him closing the game out. When everything is working with him, he is dominant.
The Red Sox lost in the 13th inning to the Mariners, so the Yankees are now actually a game UP in the loss column on Boston, but trail them by a game in the standings due to Boston having plated four more games than the Yankees.
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