The New York Yankees finally get to face the Tampa Bay Rays at their own ballpark and gain a game on the Red Sox in the process.
- Tampa Bay Rays: 1 (76-81)
- New York Yankees: 6 (88-69)
- W: Jordan Montgomery (9-7, 3.96 ERA)
- L: Blake Snell (4-7, 4.27 ERA)
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The New York Yankees were led to victory by the other impressive rookie on their squad. Tonight, Jordan Montgomery took matters into his own hands and dismantled the Rays’ offense en route to his ninth win of the season.
While struggling in the first inning, he gave up one run and never looked back, finishing six strong innings while striking out five. Even though he’s young, Montgomery showed a lot of grit and potential tonight to remain in the rotation for a long time.
Luckily, he was saved from being shelled early on by an absolutely miraculous play from newly activated Aaron Hicks. Hicks robbed a grand slam off the bat of Wilson Ramos to keep Montgomery calm, cool and collected for the rest of the game.
But how did it all happen? Let’s take a look.
Montgomery loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the first, setting up a prime opportunity for Wilson Ramos after Logan Morrison struck out.
Ramos took Montgomery’s first pitch for a ride, anticipating driving in all four runs. However, Hicks had other plans, as he leaped the wall and stole Ramos’ fly from over the fence.
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Despite plating one run, the Yankees were still able to stop the bleeding because of this amazing catch. And as the second inning rolled around, they started to find their groove.
Starlin Castro lead off the bottom of the second with a solo shot, tying the game at one apiece. But the runs didn’t stop there.
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Snell continued to struggle, walking Hicks and Aaron Judge to bring in two more runs. A wild pitch by Snell was the final nail in the coffin for him, as he allowed Ronald Torreyes to score and the Yankees to take a 4-1 lead.
Snell finished the day with 1+ innings of work, allowing four runs and throwing 49 pitches. He entered the game with an impressive four-game winning streak.
While it wasn’t much, it seemed to be all the run support Montgomery would need. He worked out of another jam in the fifth inning but otherwise looked very smooth in his most recent start.
When the offense isn’t scoring, it’s time to trust in the bullpen. Tommy Kahnle came on in relief for Montgomery and retired all three batters he faced, including striking out the dangerous Kevin Kiermaier.
Following up Kahnle was David Robertson, who followed suit in pitching a scoreless eighth. However, he threw in a gem-worthy play by throwing out a runner from his butt.
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The Yankees tacked on two more insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. With Torreyes and Judge earning free passes, the Yankees were set with two outs. Gary Sanchez blooped in an RBI single while his hustle on a Matt Holliday grounder allowed Judge to score the team’s sixth run of the day.
And in comes Dellin Betances to close it out. With a 6-1 lead, he worked an impressive 1-2-3 inning to secure the victory and help the Yankees gain ground on the Boston Red Sox in the division.
All in a day’s work for this New York Yankees’ team.
Another day, another contest with the Rays. The Yankees take on the Rays for a 7:05 PM game at the Stadium tomorrow evening.
The Yankees will send their young ace Luis Severino to the mound, in hopes that they will be able to use him come Oct. 3. Severino is 13-6 on the season with a 3.03 ERA, despite his rough start last week.
The Rays will counter that move by bringing veteran Matt Andriese to the mound. The 28-year-old is 5-4 on the season with a 4.44 ERA.
The game can be seen on WPIX and heard on WFAN 660/101.9 FM and WADO 1280.