Yanks Win Battle of 9-Game Winning Streaks. NY 5 Atlanta 1

Jordan Montgomery struggled through 5 innings (walking 4) but only allowed 2 hits and 1 run, and the Yankee bullpen pitched 4 shutout innings to power NY to its 10th straight victory, and in the process end Atlanta’s 9-game winning streak, 5-1 on a Monday night in Atlanta.

The win pulled the 73-52 Yanks back to within 4 games of 1st-place Tampa. It also put NY into a tie with Houston for the 2nd best record in the entire American League, after Houston lost later in the evening.

1. Stanton Hitting Star

Giancarlo Stanton led off the 2nd with an opposite field homer to right off Atlanta starter Huascar Ynoa for a 1-0 NY lead. “Stanton’s swing is cool to me because he looks like he barely swings it and it goes 900 ft,” tweeted Atlanta Braves fan Ashland.

2. Monty Wins One

They say it all evens out. It did this evening. Jordan Montgomery has been ripped off of many a win this season — being pulled with 2 outs in the 5th with a lead several times, and other times pitching well beyond 5 innings but not getting run support. In this game he was shaky throughout, walking the 4 — but only allowed 2 hits and the 1 run — a homer by Atlanta shortstop Dansby Swanson in the 2nd to tie the game 1-1.

“It was super humid and hot; didn’t really have much going today, but we won!” — said Montgomery afterwards.

Manager Aaron Boone said “it was really a testament to him that he didn’t have his best stuff but was able to navigate through 5 innings; giving up just one run against a very good offense.”

Monty got some help from his fielders –Aaron Judge made a terrific catch in center in the 5th, and Joey Gallo made a terrific catch on what looked like an RBI double to the leftfield corner in the 2nd, for the 2nd out of the inning.

Monty got through the 5th with relative ease (only an infield single) but as the Yanks batted in the top of the 6th, Jonathan Loaisiga was ardently warming in the pen — meaning Monty’s night was over after 75 pitches. If the Yanks did not score, Monty would have yet another night where his numbers were good (5 innings, 2 hits, 1 run) but he would not be getting a win.

More Stanton

And then with 2 outs, and DJ LeMahieu on 1st (led off inning by getting hit by pitch), Joey Gallo walked to put runners on 1st and 2nd — and with still 2 out — Giancarlo Stanton Ripped a double to deep left for 2 runs — Gallo tearing around the bases to score.

New York and Monty had a 3-1 lead.

3. Loaisiga On Fire

Jonathan Loaisiga came in for the 6th, and lasted through the 7th — 2 innings, shutout ball — and he was filthy. He struck out 4 of the 6 outs he got, allowing 1 hit, no walks.

Rob Friedman did an overlay of Loaisiga’s fastball vs his breaking ball:

4. Insurance Runs

The Yanks were up 3-1 in the top of the 8th. They needed insurance runs, and they got them.

After Edgar Santana got the first 2 outs, Aaron Judge singled, Joey Gallo walked, Luke Voit pinch hit and walked, and with bases loaded, 2 out — Gary Sanchez ripped a single to left off new reliever Jesse Chavez for a 5-1 lead. HUGE.

5. Wandy & Chapman to Finish It

Wandy Peralta allowed a leadoff single in the 7th, but then got a double play; then allowed a double, then struck out Swanson to get the Yanks to the 9th with a 5-1 lead.

Aroldis Chapman — who has been absolutely horrific since end of May — got the 9th — and looked good — a 1-2-3 inning: strikeout, groundout, groundout. This may have been the best news of the evening.


  • Monty got the win to go 5-5 3.69. They say it all evens out, and it did.

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