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Game 35. Judge, Sanchez HRs back Montgomery in 3-1 Yanks’ win.

Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez hit solo homers to back Jordan Montgomery’s strong outing as the Yankees (19-16) beat Tampa Bay 3-1 Tuesday night.

Judge hit his solo HR (8) in the bottom of the first.

With one out in the third inning, D.J. LeMahieu singled and Giancarlo Stanton walked. Two passed balls by Rays’ catcher Mike Zunino enabled the runners to move up two bases, and LeMahieu to score. 2-0 Yankees.

Zunino homered in the bottom of third to cut the Yanks’ lead to 2-1.

Sanchez hit his solo HR (4) in the top of the seventh.

The game marked the return of Luke Voit from the injured list. Miguel Andujar was sent down.

Coaches Phil Nevin and Reggie Willits have tested positive for Covid, even though they were asymptomatic and had received the vaccine. They were two of a few positive Covid tests among coaches and staff.

Judge 2 hits, solo HR (8)
Sanchez solo HR (4)

Montgomery (W, 2-1) 6 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 9 K. 3.96. Gave up 1 HR.
Loaisiga (H, 4) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.61 1 WP
Chapman (S, 8) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 0.00

Game 30. Yanks win 5th in a row, beat Astros 6-3.

Giancarlo Stanton is hot right now. He hit in his 11th straight game, got 3 hits, including a HR, and drove in 4 runs in the Yankees’ 6-3 win Wednesday night over the Astros. It was the Yanks’ (16-14) fifth win in a row.

In the bottom of the third inning, with two out, D.J. LeMahieu was HBP, then Stanton hit his 2-run HR (8).

Yankees’ starter Jordan Montgomery gave up three runs in the top of the fourth, and another runner was cut down at the plate, Brett Gardner to Gio Urshela to Gary Sanchez (7-5-2).

The Yankees tied it up in the fifth. With two out, Gardner singled and LeMahieu walked. Stanton doubled to tie the game.

The Yanks got three in the bottom of the eighth to win it. Gleyber Torres led off the inning with a single, then PH Clint Frazier walked. Tyler Wade PR for Frazier. Aaron HIcks blooped a single to make it 4-3, Yankees. Sanchez was HBP to load the bases, then Gardner hit a SF to make it 5-3. After a force-out, Stanton singled for the final tally of 6-3.

Stanton 3 hits, 4 RBI, inc. a 2-run HR (8)
Hicks 2 hits, RBI

Awful night for Aaron Judge. 0 for 5, struck out all 5x.

Montgomery 6 IP, 3 R, 8 H, 0 W, 4 K. 4.41
Cessa 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K. 1.35
Peralta 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. (combined SF/NYY 4.22) 1 WP
Loaisiga (W, 3-1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K 0.98
Chapman (S, 7) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00

Before the game, Rougned Odor went on the 10-day IL (sprained knee) and P Albert Abreu was brought up.

Minor league recap.

After last season, with no minor league games, the minor league season opened tonight.

I will do the major league recap tomorrow morning (spoiler alert: Yankees beat Houston 7-3 tonight).

I can’t get into much detail, so quick recaps.

AAA: SWB lost 5-2. Luke Voit, on rehab, had two hits. Socrates Brito hit a 2-run HR for SWB. Chris Gittens had two hits. Mike Montgomery gave up 3 R, 2 ER, in 4 1/3 and took the loss. Nick Nelson, who struggled with the big club, didn’t do well here either. 2 runs in 1 2/3 IP.

AA: Somerset won 6-0. Estevan Florial had a HR leading off the bottom of the first, and Tom Milone hit a 3-run HR later that same inning. Milone had 2 hits. Luis Gil, a top pitching prospect, pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings, striking out six. Ron Marinaccio pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings, no hits, 7 strikeouts.

High A: Hudson Valley lost 6-2. Omar Olivares solo HR. A top pitching prospect, Luis Medina, pitched 4 scoreless innings, striking out 8.

Low A: Tampa won 11-7. Former first round pick Anthony Volpe (SS), 2 hits, 3 walks, 2 RBI, 2 SB. Austin Wells, a catcher the Yanks are very high on, 2 hits, HR, 3 RBI, 2 walks, SB. Trevor Hauer, 3 hits, 2 HR, 2 walks, 3 RBI, Jake Sanford 4 hits, 2 RBI. Matt Sauer 3 1/3 scoreless IP, 6 K.

Game 25. Yanks fall in 10, 4-3.

Somewhere in the great beyond, Phil Rizzuto, one of the greatest bunters of all time, is shaking his head, while saying “Holy Cow, can’t these huckleberries bunt?”

The lack of the Yankees to lay down a bunt, and the ability of Baltimore to do so, enabled the Orioles to beat the Yanks (11-14) 4-3 Thursday afternoon.

Baltimore got a run in the first inning off of Yankees starter Jordan Montgomery, but the Yanks went ahead 2-1 with a couple of runs in the top of the fifth inning.

The Yanks loaded the bases with no one out when Brett Gardner singled, D.J. LeMahieu walked, and Giancarlo Stanton singled. After two non-productive outs, Rougned Odor singled in two runs.

Montgomery gave up a game-tying HR in the bottom of the sixth, and the O’s went ahead 3-2 in the bottom of the eighth by getting a run off of Darren O’Day.

In the top of the ninth, Mike Ford walked, and after an out, LeMahieu also walked. Then came another out. Down to their last out, Gleyber Torres tied the game with a ground-rule double.

In the top of the tenth, the Yanks started the inning with Gio Urshela at second (I hate this extra inning rule). Tyler Wade couldn’t get down a bunt, and struck out. The Yanks failed to score when Aaron Hicks tapped back to the pitcher and after an intentional walk to Gary Sanchez, Ford struck out.

In the bottom of the tenth, the O’s started the inning with their man on second (once again, I hate that rule). Their guy DID get the bunt down to move the runner to third, then a sac fly brought home the winning run. Exactly what the Yanks needed to do.

One reason I hate that rule. The pitcher does his job, getting two outs, and it wasn’t his fault a man was on second. But he takes the loss. In this case, Loaisiga does nothing wrong. It’s just that MLB forces him to need a strikeout. They are forcing him to get an out a certain way.

Stanton 3 hits
Odor 2 RBI

Montgomery 5+ IP, 2 R, 6 H, 1 W, 1 K. 4.39 Gave up 1 HR.
Green 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 4 K. 0.59
O’Day 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. 3.00
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 0.00
Loaisiga (L, 2-1) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1.17

Before the game Mike King went down, Wandy Peralta (just acquired) up. Wade replaced Tauchman (traded for Peralta) on the roster.

Game 19. Yanks hit 4 HR in 5-3 win.

The Yankees (8-11) hit four homers in beating Cleveland 5-3 Friday night.

Just as in Thursday night’s game, the game didn’t start out too well, and once again the Yanks found themselves down 3-0 after one inning, and they had to come back to win the game.

That comeback started right away in the top of the second inning. With one out, Aaron Hicks homered (2). Gary Sanchez then singled, and after another out, Rougned Odor homered (2) to tie the game.

Then Giancarlo Stanton homered twice, once in the third inning, then again in the fifth, to give the Yanks the lead and an insurance run. They were his fourth and fifth homers of the season.

Jordan Montgomery settled down after the rocky first and pitched into the fifth. The Yankees’ bullpen pitched 4 1/3 innings of no-run, one-hit ball.

Hicks solo HR (2)
Odor 2-run HR (2)
Stanton two solo HRs (4 and 5)

Montgomery 4 2/3 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 3 W, 5 K. 4.57
Luetge (W, 1-0) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 4.97
O’Day (H, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K 1.29
Green (H, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K 0.73
Chapman (S, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00

Today will be one heck of a pitching matchup. Gerrit Cole vs. Shane Bieber.

Game 14. Yanks lose fourth in a row, 6-3.

Jordan Montgomery only gave up two hits in six plus innings of work, but one was a solo HR and the other a two-run HR as the Yankees (5-9) lost (again) to the Tampa Bay Rays, 6-3 on Saturday. It was their fourth loss in a row, and continued the Rays’ recent domination of the Yanks.

The Rays only got six hits in the game, but three were homers. The Yanks continued to struggle at the plate, getting just five hits.

The Yanks loaded the bases in the first, but could not score.

Montgomery gave up a solo HR in the second.

The Yanks tied it in the bottom of the second. Gary Sanchez and Gio Urshela walked, and an out later, D.J. LeMahieu singled in a run. But the Yanks left second and third. Another chance for a big inning gone.

Montgomery gave up a 2-run HR in the fourth and the Rays were up 3-1.

Sanchez left the game with an injured hand. X-rays were negative, and he is day to day.

In the top of the seventh, Montgomery walked the leadoff hitter. He was relieved by Jonathan Loaisiga, who got two outs, but then gave up a 2-run HR to make it 5-1, Rays.

The Yanks got two runs in the bottom of the seventh. With one out, Rougned Odor homered (1). LeMahieu then singled and then scored on a double by Aaron Judge.

The Rays got a run in the top of the ninth, and the final was 6-3.

The Yanks struck out 13x. They still haven’t hit one sac fly all year. I don’t know when I’ve seen a team go 14 games without hitting a SF. Giancarlo Stanton went 0 for 4 with 3 strikeouts and is hitting .167. Gleyber Torres is hitting .213 with 0 HR and just 1 RBI. Gio Urshela was 0 for 3 with 3 strikeouts yesterday. The team batting average is just .217. The OPS+ is 89 (11% below league average). They have not drawn one intentional walk. They have to start hitting. They need to win a laugher.

LeMahieu 2 hits, RBI
Odor solo HR (1)

Montgomery (L, 1-1) 6+ IP, 4 R, 2 H, 2 W, 7 K. 4.24. Gave up 2 HR. All four baserunners scored.
Loaisiga 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K. gave up 1 HR. 1.80
Wilson 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.25

Game 9. Gio leads Yanks to 8-4 win in 10.

Gio Urshela had four hits, including a HR, and drove in 3 runs as the Yankees (4-5) snapped a three-game losing streak by beating Tampa Bay 8-4 in ten innings on Sunday.

Newly acquired Rougned Odor had the game winning hit.

Jordan Montgomery was shaky, giving up a 2-run HR in the second inning.

The Yanks got three in the top of the third to go up 3-2. Gary Sanchez walked, and Urshela homered to tie the game. Brett Gardner singled, D.J. LeMahieu hit a ground-rule double, and Aaron Judge walked to load the bases. Aaron Hicks GIDP, Gardner scoring.

Montgomery gave up another 2-run HR in the bottom of the third and Tampa Bay had a 4-3 lead.

The Yanks loaded the bases in the seventh with one out, but LeMahieu GIDP.

The Yanks tied it in the eighth. Judge walked, and with one out, Giancarlo Stanton walked. Gleyber Torres singled to tie the game.

The Yanks blew a chance to go ahead in the top of the ninth. Urshela doubled and Gardner walked. LeMahieu grounded into a force but reached second on a throwing error, Gardner going to third. Gardner thought a wild pitch would get away from the catcher, but it popped up straight to the catcher and Gardner was a dead duck in a rundown.

In the tenth, it appeared as if the Yanks would blow another chance. Judge started the inning at second base, and Hicks was HBP. Tauchman, who had PR for Stanton earlier, bunted the runners over. Torres hit into a fielder’s choice, and Judge was out at home. It appeared as if the Yanks blew another opportunity.

But Odor singled to put the Yanks up 5-4. Gary Sanchez singled to put the Yanks up 6-4, then Urshela singled to make it 7-4 and when the RF made a two-base error on the play, Sanchez scored to make it 8-4 and Urshela went all the way to third.

Montgomery 5 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 2 W, 4 K. Gave up 2 HR. 3.27
Green 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 0.00
O’Day 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00
Chapman (W, 1-0) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. 0.00
Abreu 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00

The Yanks traded Thairo Estrada to the Giants for cash.

Game 4. Yanks shutout O’s 7-0. Judge, Stanton (slam) HR.

The bats, pretty quiet until now, woke up in the Yankees (2-2) 7-0 win over Baltimore Monday night.

Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton each hit their first homers of the season, Stanton’s being a grand slam.

Yankees’ pitching combined on a four-hit shutout with 13 strikeouts.

Jordan Montgomery was great, but going into the bottom of the fourth, the game was scoreless. Judge’s solo HR that inning made it 1-0, Yankees.

The Yanks got five in the fifth. Jay Bruce walked, Gio Urshela forced Bruce, and Clint Frazier grounded out, Urshela moving up. D.J. LeMahieu and Judge each walked, loading the bases. A walk to Aaron Hicks forced in a run, making it 2-0. Stanton then hit a blast, a 471-ft. grand slam to make it 6-0.

In the sixth, with one out, Bruce walked. Urshela singled. Frazier singled to load the bases, then LeMahieu’s single made it 7-0, which turned out to be the final score.

LeMahieu 1 for 3, RBI, 2 walks
Judge two hits, solo HR (1)
Stanton grand slam (1)
Bruce 2 walks

Montgomery (W, 1-0) 6 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 0 W, 7 K. 0.00
Cessa 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K. 0.00
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K. 0.00

Also yesterday, the Yanks signed LHP Mike Montgomery to a minor league deal. Montgomery was on the mound for the Cubs to get the last out of the 2016 WS, giving the Cubs their first WS title since 1908. He is 31, has pitched in 183 games, starting 70 for the Mariners (2015-2016), Cubs (2016-2019), and Royals (2019-2020). He is 23-34, 3.84 in his career, ERA+ 110. His 162 game average is 6-9, 3.84. A swing man. He has pitched in 16 postseason games, going 1-1, 6.27 with a saver.

A quick note, some non-Yankees news. Baylor beat previously undefeated Gonzaga, 86-70, to win the NCAA men’s basketball title last night. Gonzaga was looking to become the first undefeated national champion since Indiana in 1976.

S.T. Game 27. Yanks fall, 6-2.

The Yanks (14-11-2 in Spring training) lost Sunday to the Phillies, 6-2.

Thairo Estrada had a solo Hr.

Tyler Wade had two hits.

I haven’t been a big Luis Cessa fan, and he did struggle today.

The Yanks announced the rotation for the first six games of the regular season. Cole, then Kluber, then German, Montgomery, Cole, then Taillon.

Kluber (L) 3 1/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 4 W, 5 K. 1 HBP. Control off.
Kriske 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K
Nelson 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Cessa 1 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Medina 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K.

Tomorrow is the last Spring Training game. Regular season starts Thursday, April 1. It will be cold, temps at Yankee Stadium expected at 43 as a high.

UPDATE: This isn’t good. And bothersome. Sanchez hit .186 in 2018 and .147 last year. That hot start by Gary Sanchez this spring training is looking more distant by the day. After Sanchez struck out in all three plate appearances, he’s now in a 4-for-30 slump and has whiffed 15 times during that stretch.

That has to concern you.

S.T. Game 24. Yanks lose slugfest, 13-12 to Phils.

Aaron Judge finally hit his first HR of spring training, and Gleyber Torres added one as well, but it wasn’t enough as the Yankees (13-9-2 in spring training) lost a slugfest to the Phillies, 13-12. Chris Gittens also homered for the Yankees.

And yes, our old buddy Didi Gregorius tortured his old club again with another HR.

Any remote chance Michael King had to be the #5 starter—or even on the team heading north—probably disappeared with his showing last night. With the spring training rules of letting a pitcher off the mound because of too many pitches in an inning, then to have the pitcher go back out for the next inning to complete his work after he got some rest, all to protect the pitcher, it is embarrassing for a pitcher to actually have that happen to him.

It has happened to several pitchers this spring, and last night King was one of them, and it had to happen twice. The same thing happened with Matt Moore, the Phillies starter. King hasn’t had a good spring training.

King hit not one, not two, but THREE batters. Meanwhile, a Phillies pitcher threw not one, not two, but THREE wild pitches.

Ugly game if you were a pitcher.

Right now, I’d say German is the #5 starter behind Cole, Kluber, Taillon and Montgomery. Not necessarily in that order, but we do know Cole is #1.

King 2 1/3 IP, 7 R, 5 H, 2 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. Hit THREE batters.
Lane 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Loaisiga 3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K.
L. Garcia 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Lyons 1 IP, 4 R, 3 H, 1 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Cortes (L) 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K.

Hitting highlights:

LeMahieu 2 hits.
Judge 2-run HR
Florial 2 RBI
Gittens solo HR
Torres 3-run HR

The Yankees did make some moves. From ESPN:

Reassigned RHP Kyle Barraclough, OFs Socrates Brito and Ryan LaMarre and RHP Asher Wojciechowski to minor league camp.

Also, it appears as if Mike Tauchman has won a bench spot over Jay Bruce.