Monty Wins One. Yankees 4 Tampa 3

Jordan Montgomery pitched another stellar game — 5 innings of shutout ball — and finally got enough support from the offense and the bullpen to gain a win, 4-3 NY over Tampa.

1. Monty Great Again

One of the very good things that has come out of this season so far is that Jordan Montgomery is cementing himself as a top-3, front-line starter. Despite his underwhelming win-loss record (now 4-5 3.78) — he has pitched good start after good start; often great starts.

In this one he was dominant against a good team in a tough environment — Tampa. He pitched 5 shutout innings, allowing 5 hits, striking out 5, walking 3. He left with 102 pitches thrown — still a part of his game he has to improve: too many pitches gets him out of games usually after 5 or 6 innings.

2. Offense Gives Monty “Just Enough” Runs

Monty was locked in a 0-0 pitchers’ duel through 4 innings with young Tampa stud Shane McClanahan.

Finally in the top of the 5th, Greg Allen — there is that name again — led off with a double, and DJ LeMahieu singled him home for a run.

In the 6th, the Yanks got to McClanahan some more: Gleyber Torres led off with a single, Rougned Odor singled him to 3rd, and Gio Urshela doubled them both home with nobody out to make it 3-0 NY.

3. Green Shaky

Chad Green was shaky in the 6th — allowing a 2-run homer to Brandon Lowe to make it 3-2 NY, and then a walk to Mike Zunino to set Yankee Twitter to cursing. But he got Kevin Kiermaier to get out of the inning.

4. LaMarre Insurance Run

Ryan LaMarre hit a 400-foot homer to right in the top of the 8th to give the Yanks a much-needed insurance run — making it 4-2.

5. Loasigia, Britton, Chapman Shut it Down

Jonathan Loasiga pitched a 1-2-3 7th inning.

Zack Britton loaded the bases with 1 out in the 8th on a walk, double to make it 4-3, and infield single. With 1st and 3rd, 1 out — Britton got Zunino to hit into a double play to shortstop to end the inning.

Aroldis Chapman got the first two outs of the 9th, but then put Yankee fans on the roller coaster — walking Wander Franco to put the tying run at 1st and the winning run at the plate. But he struck out just-acquired slugger Nelson Cruz swinging to end the game.


Before the game the Yanks announced they had acquired right-handed pitcher Clay Holmes from Pittsburgh for hot-shot minor-league 2nd baseman Hoy Park and also Diego Castillo.

After the game, at 1:30 am in the morning, the Yankees announced they had traded the Greatest Mexican Pitcher in their history — Luis Cessa — along with Justin Wilson to the Cincinnati Reds for a player to be named later.

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