Jordan Montgomery took a no-hitter into the sixth, and pitched 6 2/3 innings of one-run, two-hit ball as the Yankees beat the Reds, 4-2, Tuesday night.
The win puts the Yanks at 52-46, and with Boston’s loss in Seattle, the Yanks are in second place in the AL East, just one game behind Boston. They hold the top wild card slot right now.
The Yanks scored their first run despite hitting into a triple play. Matt Holliday, Didi Gregorius and Chase Headley all singled. Todd Frazier, in his first AB at Yankee Stadium, hit a ball that Didi had to back up from, either to avoid getting hit by the ball or interfering with the SS, who stepped on second, forcing Headley, and firing to first, getting Frazier. Meanwhile, Holliday scored. 1B Joey Votto fired to third, Didi was caught, the ball fired back to the SS, the tag made. Triple play.
The Yanks went up 2-0 in the fourth on an Aaron Judge single, move up on a fielders’ choice, balk and SF by Didi.
In the fifth, Todd Frazier singled, was forced out by Tyler Wade, and Wade scored on a double by Austin Romine. 3-0. The Yanks had a chance for more that inning but couldn’t capitalize.
Montgomery lost his no-hit and shut-out bid in the sixth. Then Girardi made some moves I didn’t agree with.
He had a quick hook with the kid, pulling him after 85 pitches and with two out in the seventh. Ok, fine. Wish the kid would have gone a bit longer, but…
In came Tommy Kahnle, who threw four pitches and got his man out. So why pull Kahnle after one man and four pitches?
But that is what “by the book” Girardi did. In came Dellin Betances, who was wild, had trouble throwing strikes, gave up a run to make it 3-2, and couldn’t make it through the inning.
Once again Girardi pulls a pitcher for no good reason to go by the book and it almost cost the Yanks the game. There was no reason to pull Kahnle after one batter and four pitches.
Adam Warren got the last out in the eighth. One batter, seven pitches. Then he gets pulled for Chapman in the ninth.
Stick the book/binder where the sun don’t shine, Joe. It has cost us games, and almost cost us this one.
Simple concept: Guy is pitching well, hasn’t faced many batters, hasn’t thrown many pitches, LEAVE HIM IN.
Thankfully the Yanks got an insurance run in the eighth when the hot Didi Gregorius hit his 15th HR of the year for the final of 4-2.
Montgomery (w, 7-5, 3.92) 6 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 6 K.
Kahnle (H, 8) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.29. See above. LEAVE HIM IN, JOE!
Betances (H, 13) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K. 2.83
Warren (H, 9) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.98. See above. Why pull him?
Chapman (S, 12) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.38.
Of course, I’m glad the Yankees won. But Girardi’s stubbornness in going by the book is driving me and other Yankees fans nuts.
Today’s game is an afternoon game.