Loaisiga Gets Out His Jam; Yanks 5 Boston 3 in 1st of Doubleheader

Jonathan Loaisiga allowed 3 straight singles to start off the 7th and final inning of a HUGE doubleheader at the Stadium against Boston on a Tuesday afternoon — and then — up 5-3 with bases loaded, nobody out — got a lineout and 2 straight strikeouts for the save. He pumped his fist in celebration as he struck out Hunter Renfroe for the win that pulled 67-52 NY to within a game of 2nd place Boston.

1. Monty Pitched OK

Jordan Montgomery started for the Yanks and pitched pretty well — although he coughed up a 2-0 lead the Yanks got him, and left after 4.2 innings after allowing a go-ahead homer to Christian Vazquez in the 5th.

After the homer to Vazquez leading off the 5th, Monty got 2 outs but then walked a batter and he was gone — replaced by Albert Abreu who came in to get the final out. He would get the win in the game — not Monty.

2. Velazquez Puts Yanks on Board

The Yanks jumped on top in the bottom of the 2nd when shortstop Andrew Velazquez — who grew up in the Bronx a Yankee fan — lined a 2-out, bases-loaded single to center to plate 2 runs for a 2-0 lead.

3. Voit & Stanton Put Yanks Ahead

Tanner Houck started for Boston and pitched well, leaving with a 3-2 lead after 4 innings. Boston brought former Yank Garrett Whitlock in for the 5th and he got the first out but then walked Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge and was replaced by lefty Josh Taylor to face lefty Joey Gallo.

Boston’s strategy backfired when Gallo walked to load the bases with 1 out and Luke Voit, a righty batter, looped a single to center for 2 runs and a 4-3 NY lead. Giancarlo Stanton, another righty, then ripped another single to center for a 5-3 NY lead.

Boston finally brought in a righty — Hansel Robles — who got out of the inning but it was too late.

The advantage of having some good lefty hitters in your lineup.

4. Loaisiga’s Wild Finish

Loaisiga pitched an easy 1-2-3 6th inning, helped by a nice play by Velazquez at shortstop.

Loaisiga then started the 7th of the 7-inning game. Infield single, single, single loaded the bases with nobody out. Lineout, strike out, strike out ended it.

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