The Yanks were up 8-0 through 5 innings and Jordan Montgomery was mowing down Atlanta batters in front of an empty Coronavirus house on a Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.
Montgomery With Shutout Thru 5 Innings
Montgomery — the big 6’5 lefty from the farm system who is being counted on to be a big part of the rotation this year after missing most of the last 2 years with Tommy John surgery, and reminds you a bit of Andy Pettitte — was cruising with a 1-hit shutout but got into trouble in the 6th. After getting the first out, he allowed back-to-back singles and a homer to rightfielder and Atlanta cleanup hitter Marcell Ozuna to make it 8-3.
Then Aaron Boone went to the bullpen for the 7th, bringing in David Hale, who allowed leadoff singles before getting an out. One of those baserunners came around to score on Adam Ottavino after DJ LeMahieu made an error at 2nd on a double play ball that would have ended the inning. Ottavino got the next out to retire the side.
Then Luis Cessa came out for the 8th in a 9-4 game — and allowed two doubles in between an out, after the leadoff batter got on because of an error by Gleyber Torres, to make it 9-6 and draw ire from Yankee fans on Twitter.
A good win — but after the game when Yankee fans were asked to describe their takeaways from the game, the majority blamed the shoddy defense, and many said “it shouldn’t have been that close”.
What's your takeaway from this Yankees game?
— Lindsey Adler (@lindseyadler) August 12, 2020
Judge Monster Blast then Takes Seat
Aaron Judge hit an opposite field BASH of a homerun in the 5th — to increase his league-leading total to 9 for the year.
9 for 99 pic.twitter.com/qzJT8ibxuO
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) August 12, 2020
Judge was then pulled from the game — drawing much concern from Yankee fans. He stayed in the dugout which was a good sign. After the game manager Aaron Boone said he was just pulling him for precaution after 4 days played on Tampa’s artificial turf over the weekend. The Yankees had the day before off and another off day on Thursday, so that confused Yankee fans on twitter.
Her: “He’s probably thinking about other women”
Him: “Why would they rest Judge if it was an off day yesterday?” pic.twitter.com/vf1kKunvyF
— Wes Mantooth (@Wez_Mantooth) August 12, 2020
Voit and Ford Provide Punch
Luke Voit started the scoring with a 3-run Blast of a line-drive homerun to left in the 1st.
— Jahady Henríquez (@Jahady) August 12, 2020
Mike Ford doubled in two runs in the 3rd to make it 6-0 NY. Ford later doubled in a run in the 7th to make it 9-4.
Voit and Ford were involved in all the other Yankee runs scored — Voit lined out in the 3rd but DJ LeMahieu scored from 3rd on a throwing error by 3rd baseman Austin Riley. Ford grounded into a double play in the 5th to score a run.
Ford is a Good hitter; a snake in the grass of that Yankee lineup. After the game, Ford expressed confidence in his ability to hit.
Mike Ford: "I'm a very confident hitter. I know I can help this team win." pic.twitter.com/q4Y0eIdbtw
— YES Network (@YESNetwork) August 12, 2020
LeMahieu at .400 Leads AL in Batting Avg
DJ LeMahieu went 1-2 and is batting .400, leading the American League. Aaron Judge now has 9 homers and 20 RBI, leading the American League in both categories. Mike Ford with 2 hits raised his average to .227 — a small sampling size. He continues to show he can Hit. Luke Voit with 3 hits raised his average to .261.
Jordan Montgomery (6 innings, 4 hits, 3 runs) is now 2-1 and looked good.