Aroldis Chapman failed again, loading the bases with nobody out in the top of the 9th before getting tough and allowing only 1 run on a sac fly — but the damage was done as the Yanks went down in defeat 4-3. The loss ruined heroics by Joey Gallo who hit a HUGE, game-tying 2-run homer in the bottom of the 8th — in a game wherein the Yanks were being no-hit into the 7th inning.
The loss put the Yanks only .5 ahead of the once-again-surging Red Sox.
1. Yanks No Hit Into the 7th
A major reason for the loss was that rookie 6’5, 28-yr-old right hander Chris Ellis no hit the Yankees for 5 innings. Ellis was picked up by Baltimore two weeks ago after being released by Tampa. He had pitched 4 shutout innings for Tampa this year so he was released due to a numbers game.
— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) September 4, 2021
Ellis was originally drafted by the Dodgers in 2011 and then by the Angels in 2014 after not signing with the Dodgers. He has bounced around the minor leagues — playing for the Atlanta Braves, Texas Rangers, Kansas City Royals, and St Louis Cardinals organizations.
Tanner Scott relieved Ellis for the 6th and pitched a 1-2-3 inning so entering the 7th the Yanks were being no-hit.
2. Monty Grinded
Jordan Montgomery cruised through the first 3 innings, but got into trouble in the 4th. Trey Mancini singled with 1 out, and catcher Pedro Severino doubled with 2 out — putting runners on 2nd and 3rd. Jorge Mateo worked the count to 3-2 when Monty threw an 81-MPH curve that hit the dirt and got past catcher Gary Sanchez for a run. Monty struck out left fielder Ryan McKenna to end the inning but it was 1-0 Baltimore.
In the 5th, Monty allowed leadoff singles to 2nd baseman Jahmai Jones and centerfielder Cedric Mullins, got a strikeout and flyout, then walked a batter to load the bases and was gone with 2 outs and 97 pitches thrown.
“I wasn’t very good today. I was behind in a lot of counts. But I grinded and limited the damage as best I could,” said Jordan Montgomery afterwards.
Clay Holmes came in with bases loaded, 2 outs, and struck out Ramon Urias.
Holmes then struck out the side in the 6th too.
Clay Holmes strikes out the side 🥶
(via @YESNetwork) pic.twitter.com/s9Y0aZlZsj
— Yankees Videos (@snyyankees) September 4, 2021
3. Wandy’s Magic Wand Didn’t Work
Wandy Peralta‘s magic wand wasn’t working in this game, like when My Favorite Martian’s antennas were stuck or Bewitched couldn’t wiggle her nose. Peralta came in for the 7th and allowed back-to-back leadoff doubles past the 1st basemen down right field by 2nd baseman Jahmai Jones and centerfielder Cedric Mullins to make it 2-0 Baltimore.
Wandy got help from shortstop Andrew Velazquez to turn what looked like an RBI hit by Ryan Mountcastle into an out.
WHAT A STOP BY VELAZQUEZ! Throws to first… IN TIME! WHATAPLAY! pic.twitter.com/rmneIraUcJ
— John Sterling Calls (@JSterlingCalls) September 4, 2021
But right fielder Austin Hays hit chopper at home plate that Peralta fielded and glove-flipped to Gary Sanchez at the plate too late to get the runner Mullins for an infield hit and RBI — and 3-0 Baltimore lead. Trey Mancini then singled and Peralta was gone for Lucas Luetge. As Yankee fan Wavy63 put it, “paging Dr Bombay.”
🤳🏽 Paging Dr.Bombay 😂
— M.Y. (@wavy63) September 4, 2021
4. Yanks Get a Hit, and a Run
The Yanks got to Scott in the 7th — Anthony Rizzo led off and got on due to an error by Orioles 2nd baseman Jahmai Jones. Scott then walked Brett Gardner and Gary Sanchez hit a long flyout that allowed Rizzo to advance to 3rd.
Gleyber Torres pinch hit for Andrew Velazquez and hit a sharp grounder up the middle that Jahmai Jones attempted to backhand but it hit off the heel of his glove for a single and a run.
5. Gallo Heroics
Things were not looking good for the Yanks as the game went into the bottom of the 8th with NY down 3-1. But DJ LeMahieu led off with an infield single and Joey Gallo stepped up — and Ripped a Bomb to right for a tie game 3-3.
They made him a pitch he couldn't refuse… pic.twitter.com/KK45goM960
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) September 4, 2021
6. Chapman Fail
And so it was with renewed energy that the Yanks went to the 9th tied 3-3. Aroldis Chapman, who had pitched a 1-2-3 9th the previous night was on the hill. He struck out leadoff batter Ryan Mountcastle on a 3-2 pitch in the dirt that Gary Sanchez could not block — it got passed him and Mountcastle was on 1st despite striking out.
Chapman then allowed a single to Hays and walked Mancini on 5 pitches to load the bases with nobody out.
Chapman then got tough — striking out Urias. He went 3-2 on Severino before Severino lofted a fly ball to left for a sac fly and 4-3 Baltimore lead. Chapman struck out Jorge Mateo on 3 pitches to end the inning but damage was done.
Baltimore reliever Cole Sulser retired the Yanks 1-2-3 in the 9th for the old ballgame.
- Aaron Judge went 0-4 to lower his average to .297.
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