Yankee Bats Wake Up Late. Reasons Why NY 8 Minnesota 4 on 6-8-21

The Yankees broke a 3-3 tie in the top of the 8th with 2 runs on consecutive infielder’s choices, and then broke open the game with 3 more in the 9th inning to win easy, 8-4, in Minnesota on a Tuesday night. The win broke a Yankee 4-game losing streak, and 10 losses in last 13 schnied.

1. Monty Pitched with Guile & Grit

Jordan Montgomery got off to a rocky start — 2 runs in the 1st inning on a Ryan Jeffers double scoring Miguel Sano and Josh Donaldson. Minnesota continued to hit piss missiles off Monty through the first few innings, but he escaped further runs being scored and was still down only 2-0 through 4 innings. Monty allowed 2 singles in the 2nd, and a single in the 3rd, but the outs were line drives.

By the 4th Monty had settled down — pitching a 1-2-3 inning in the 4th and 5th. Meanwhile the Yankees got him a 3-2 lead (below).

Looking for a win, the got the first two batter of the bottom of the 6th, but Larnach singled and former Yankee Rob Refsnyder doubled to tie the score and there went Monty’s win; replaced by Jonathan Loaisiga.

2. Yanks Small Ball Offense

The Yankees tied the score with 2 runs in the top of the 5th with small ball: Miguel Andujar walked with one out against former Yankee Michael Pineda. Brett Gardner singled, DJ LeMahieu singled, and Aaron Judge walked to force in a run.

Jorge Alcala came in and threw a wild pitch to plate Gardner. With 2nd and 3rd, 1 out – the Yanks reverted to their squandering ways — Gleyber Torres lined out and Giancarlo Stanton grounded out to leave the runners at 2nd and 3rd.

The Yanks got a gift run in the 6th to take the lead — with 1 out, Gary Sanchez singled and Rougned Odor doubled; Miguel Andujar got on due to an error to load the bases, and Brett Gardner hit a sac fly to make it 3-2 NY.

3. The Beauty of the Run Scoring Fielder’s Choice

In the 8th, game tied 3-3, Clint Frazier singled, Miguel Andujar singled, and Brett Gardner sacrificed the runners over. DJ LeMahieu hit a short grounder towards 1st and Minnesota’s 2nd baseman Jorge Polanco threw home but threw the ball away — Tyler Wade (running for Frazier) scored to put NY up 4-3.

Then Aaron Judge hit into a fielder’s choice to score another run and make it 5-3 NY.

4. Yanks Take Out Power Bats in 9th

The Yanks used the small ball to tie the game and take the lead, and then took out the power bats to put the game away in the 9th: Gio Urshela led off with a single and Gary Sanchez homered to left to make it 7-3.

Then Miguel Andujar hit a cruise missile to left for an 8-3 lead. It was Andujar’s 4th homer in 7 games. Gone is the 1 homer in 150 at bat slump.


The Yanks banged out 14 hits; LeMahieu, Torres, Giancarlo Stanton, Gary Sanchez, and Miguel Andujar got 2 hits each.

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