Yanks Outslugged; Monty Knocked Off Horse. 6 Reasons Why Baltimore 10 NY 6 on 5-16-21

It started off so well. The Yankee offense for the second game in a row gave the starting pitcher a big lead before he even took the mound — this time handing a 4-0 lead to Jordan Montgomery in the 1st. But Montgomery had a bad day — and before the day was out, Baltimore won in a laugher, 10-6.

The details:

1. Yanks JUMPED On Top

John Means was supposed to pitch this game — it was his scheduled start — but Baltimore did not pitch him and in the day before the game and up to game time it was unclear who was starting. Some sources said Means was indeed starting.

Baltimore finally pulled Adam Plutko out of their back pocket and the Yanks met him with a furious attack. DJ LeMahieu led off the game with a walk, Luke Voit singled, and Aaron Judge singled to load the bases with nobody out.

Gio Urshela grounded into a double play to score the run and then with 2 outs, Gary Sanchez hit a 2-run homer and Clint Frazier hit a solo shot and it was 4-0 NY.

2. Monty Fell Off Horse

Staked to the 4-0 lead, Montgomery allowed 2 runs in the 1st, and was knocked out after allowing 3 runs in the 3rd. Afterwards he said he didn’t know what was wrong — he felt great and got ahead 0-2 on a lot of batters; but he’d review the tape after the game.

Manager Aaron Boone assessed that he “had a hard time putting some guys away. A couple of times when he was trying to show the fastball late in the count with two strikes probably didn’t get it where he wanted to and made a couple of mistakes with that in trying to go back soft.” Boone added, “Maybe not his real good swing-and-miss secondary stuff today, and I thought they did a good job of sitting on it in certain situations and putting some good swings on it.”

“They have some good hitters over there and sometimes you have to tip your hat,” Boone summed up.

3. Judge Homers Again

With the score 4-2, Monty pitched a shutout 2nd inning, and Aaron Judge hit a homer in the top of the 3rd to make it 5-2 NY so things were still looking good.

The homer was Judge’s 12th, giving him a tie of the American League lead with Seattle’s Mitch Haniger.

4. King Gets the Loss

After Monty coughed up the 5-2 lead in the bottom of the 3rd, Michael King came in to the 5-5 tie in the 4th, and allowed two doubles — to Cedric Mullins and Trey Mancini — for a Baltimore 6-5 lead. He pitched the one inning and got the loss.

5. Peralta and Cessa Add to the Mess

Wandy Peralta allowed a 2-run homer in the 7th to Maikel Franco. It could have been worse had Clint Frazier not made a spectacular catch earlier in the inning.

And Luis Cessa allowed 2 runs in the 8th on a single, walk, walk, single — to put the game out of reach — 10-5 Baltimore.

6. Zimmerman Shuts Down Yanks

Meanwhile Baltimore brought in Bruce Zimmermann to relieve Plutko in the 2nd, and the 6’2 lefty shut down the Yanks for the greater part of the game: 5.2 innings, 2 hits, 1 run.

The Yanks rallied for a run in the 9th and had 2 runners on and the tying run in the on-deck circle, but it was too little too late as Luke Voit struck out for the final out.

The Boxscore



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