Monty Great But Yanks Muster 1 Run & Lose. Oakland 3 NY 1

Chad Green coughed up a 2-run homer with 2 out in the 8th, breaking a 1-1 tie and send the Yankees to the 3-1 loss on a Sunday night in Oakland. It was the 16th homer Green has allowed since the start of 2020 — the 2nd most homers allowed as a reliever in all of baseball (to Heath Hembree‘s 19).

But the real reason the Yanks lost was that they only scored 1 run against A’s starter Paul Blackburn and the A’s bullpen. Blackburn who was DFA’d by Oakland in January — and came in with an 0-1 4.09 record.

The loss dropped the Yanks to 6 games behind Tampa, which won its 7th straight and 11th of their last 12. The Yanks remained 2 games ahead of 3rd place Boston, which also lost.

1. Montgomery Terrific Again

It was another game where Jordan Montgomery laid down a terrific start, but the Yanks did not support him with runs. Monty pitched 6 innings, allowing 0 earned runs.

The A’s scored an unearned run on Monty in the bottom of the 4th. Monty got the first out with help from old man Brett Gardner in centerfield.

Room-Service Double Play #1 = Error Gio

However with 1 out, consecutive singles put runners on 1st and 2nd. But Monty got Matt Chapman to hit a tailor-made double play ball to Gio Urshela at 3rd. Gio rushed to make the DP, and bobbled and dropped the ball. All were safe.

Room-Service Double Play #2

With bases loaded, 1 out — Monty got another double play grounder to shortstop. This one WAS turned for a double play to end the inning with no runs scored.

Or so it seemed. But when you came back from commercials — Oakland had challenged the out call at 1st base and won — the run scored and there were runners on 1st and 3rd.

Monty struck out Chad Pinder to end the threat and continued on to pitch the 6 innings.

In the 6th, Monty was helped again by old man Brett Gardner.

2. The Yankee Run

The Yankees got their lone run in the top of the 7th to tie the game 1-1. They needed some luck to do it. Gary Sanchez led off with a walk against A’s reliever Jake Diekman.

Brett Gardner and Gio Urshela then struck out. But Sanchez moved to 2nd on a wild pitch by Diekman. Anthony Rizzo then popped up to the catcher for the 3rd out — but Yan Gomes the catcher dropped the ball.

Anthony Rizzo — still batting — then ripped a grounder through the legs of Matt Chapman at 3rd for a run. It was ruled an error.

3. End Game

Jonathan Loaisiga pitched a shutout 7th, and Chad Green got the first 2 outs of the 8th — but then 1st baseman Mark Canha doubled and 5’6″ 2nd baseman Tony Kemp pinch hit and rocked a homer to right for the 3-1 Oakland lead. The Yanks made out 1-2-3 in the 9th for the old ballgame.


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