I won’t blame you if this is the only game of the day you can remember. The Yankees’ offense finally looked alive and saved once. At the end of the night, New York salvaged the last game of the series 5-3.
The Yankees started the game stronger than anything they would have wanted in the first game, DJ LeMahieu singles out, Aaron Judge walked and Gio Urshela, perhaps the guy I’d rather date with than any other guy at this club – delivering twice the RBI LeMahieu. A goal was scored and the judge was thrown at the plate. But the Yankees ran away. I think the signal transmission is a little bit risky. But when the team is asleep at the plate like they did lately … you need to take some chances.
So the Yankees were immediately leading 1-0 after being lifeless in the first game. At least you have to feel some optimism afterward, although Jordan Montgomery will quickly lose it. After two short innings, the handler started gnawing, with nine-hole hitting Danny Jansen leading him before Marcus Semien fought for his own free pass. With two one and two removed, Bobichette takes the stick:
Bo is one of the best examples of a man who swung Vignonly every time. Sometimes he looks reasonably stupid when he plays the piano. But he put the ball 414 feet from the home plate and gave his team the lead.
After that, I don’t think Montgomery is bad. But he doesn’t have to control the game like we like. In the fifth inning, when the lineup turned for the third time, Monty was able to create a double play to clear the lead singles, but Semien added a basic hit when Bichette and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. were waiting at it. The winger was also time to go to Jonathan Loaisiga, who immediately hardened Bo by destroying the offensive ball to end the chance.
All told, Montgomery made a 4.2 innings quit, quit five hits and walked two with just one crossed out. He’ll run into problems like this that if his command is out of great shape, he’ll lose the zone or get back in and become lovable – mostly because he’s not throwing 100 mph. Montgomery got away today and it was the only bad prospect in his outing, so the Yankees would take it.
In the bottom of the three, the judges make sure there will be no more close calls at the plate, tying the game with a big home run:
It’s amazing how the team gets so much better as the ball flies out of the park. The judges were one of the few to keep the team afloat, and although this visit did not happen in the ninth innings. But it’s undoubtedly the most popular game in the series.
Later chances, Gary Sánchez broke up with the game:
The judge continues the offense, with the airbags in a fifth to add a little more insurance and feel like 2017 again – Gary and Aaron lead the way.
But since we are no longer allowed to enjoy things, Aroldis Chapman is not called upon to work on the last chance. Fortunately, Chad Green came in and did his job, locking in saving and winning.
After the game, manager Aaron Boone told reporters that Chapman had been sick for the past two days and that he was “hopeful” he will be available tomorrow. It doesn’t seem COVID-19 since he tested it negative. But the Yankees are considering keeping him from flying to Detroit tomorrow. This team doesn’t want a long absence from the game’s best reliever, and especially not right now, so he feels better soon.
The Yankees appear to bounce back from an ugly game and hope to build momentum ahead of this weekend’s trip to Motor City. They will have a good chance to start the match in the defense, with Gerrit Cole coming on at 7:05 PM ET on Friday night.