Game 8. Here come the Judge. HR’s in 3rd straight game. Yanks win. Montgomery solid. Gardner hurt. Surgery for Kaprielian?

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Jordan Montgomery was solid in his MLB debut. Although he left after 4 2/3, he kept the Yanks in the game, and they would win 8-4.

Aaron Judge HR’d for the third straight game. Brett Gardner got hurt and the news on James Kaprielian doesn’t appear good.

First, the game. After striking out the first two hitters he faced, Montgomery walked the next batter then gave up a 2-run HR.

But that is where it stayed until he left the game with two out in the fifth with a man on second and two out. Bryan Mitchell came in and should have gotten out of the inning but Starlin Castro made an error to make the score 3-0.

Then the Yanks came back.

They got two in the fifth when Headley singled, Judge walked and Higashioka reached on an error to load the bases with no one out. After two pop ups, Hicks walked to force in a run, and a wild pitch brought in the second.

In the sixth, the Yanks scored four to make it 6-3. After Castro and Headley singled, Judge hit a rocket that just missed hitting the pitcher. Exit velocity off the bat? 116 MPH. Thank goodness that didn’t hit the pitcher in the face. RBI single. After a force out, PH Gardner reached on an error but he and Willie Weeks collided violently and both had to leave the game. A run scored on the error, but we will have to see if Gardner has to go on the DL. Then Jacoby Ellsbury singled in a run to make it 5-3. Aaron Hicks’ rbi groundout made it 6-3.

In the seventh, Judge hit his 3rd HR of the year, and 3rd in as many games, to make it 8-3.

The Rays got a run in the eighth, but the Yanks won 8-4 to even their record at 4-4.

Hicks did not get a hit, but walked twice and had 2 RBI. Castro had 2 hits and scored a run. Headley, red hot, had 2 hits and scored 2 runs.

Judge had 2 hits, scored 2 runs and drove in 3.

Montgomery 4 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 earned, 5 H, 2 walks, 7 K. Gave up HR. 3.86. MLB DEBUT.
Mitchell (W, 1-0,  0.00) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K.
Clippard  (H, 2) 1 IP, 0 r, 0 h, 0 walks, 2 K.  2.08
Layne 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 5.40
Holder 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 0.00
Chapman (S, 1) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 0.00

James Kaprielian will be making his mind up soon whether to undergo surgery or not. He missed almost all of 2016 and with the surgery, may miss all of 2017 and part of 2018. You then wonder if this top prospect may ever make it.

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