The Yankees couldn’t quite get the sweep over the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium to begin the season — in this 3rd game. Bobby Dalbec‘s solo homer in the 6th off Clarke Schmidt broke a 3-3 tie and proved to be the game winner. The Yanks sent Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, and Joey Gallo to the plate in the bottom of the 9th, and 6’4″ Red Sox lefty reliever Jake Diekman struck them all out.
The loss dropped the Yanks to 2-1 in the young season; their next opponent — the 2-1 Toronto Blue Jays who are LOADED with talent this year.
1. Monty Hit — But Only In the Physical Sense
Jordan Montgomery got Nailed on the ankle on a comebacker in the 1st inning by an Xander Bogaerts line drive comebacker, sending Monty to the ground rolling around in pain.
Jordan Montgomery looks to be in serious pain after getting hit by the ball pic.twitter.com/E1lVzHakqb
— Talkin' Yanks (@TalkinYanks) April 10, 2022
After a time, he got up, and got back to the pitching mound — with runners on 1st and 2nd and 1 out. (Monty had struck out the 1st batter but then allowed a single to Rafael Devers.)
JD Martinez then doubled in Devers and Dalbec hit a sac fly to plate Bogaerts to make it 2-0 Boston.
But Monty settled down and stayed in the game — pitching a shutout 2nd and a 1-2-3 shutout 3rd, before being relieved with 2 out and 1 on in the 4th.
Clarke Schmidt came in and allowed a sac fly to Boston shortstop Jonathan Araúz for a 3-1 Red Sox lead.
X-rays showed Monty was fine. He said afterwards he was sore, expected to be more sore, but would be fine for his next start.
“He’s a competitor. He went out there and gave us some length and helped out that bullpen a lot,” said Clarke Schmidt afterwards.
About his outing, Schmidt said, “I felt really good; I felt like I was commanding the ball. Obviously one bad pitch but as a whole, it was a really good outing for me in terms of commanding the zone and staying ahead of the hitters.”
2. Yanks Tie It
The Yanks had gotten a run back in the 3rd on a leadoff walk by Anthony Rizzo, single by Aaron Judge, and RBI single by Giancarlo Stanton.
In the 4th Isiah Kiner-Falefa got his first hit as a Yank — leading off with a double. Yank catcher Alex Trevino singled and Anthony Rizzo plated them both with a single.
It is a two-run base hit for Anthony Rizzo and the Yankees have tied the game at three.
Who's been more important on this team than Anthony Rizzo? pic.twitter.com/G9oDG14u0V
— John Sterling Calls (@JSterlingCalls) April 11, 2022
3. Diekman the Hero
But the Yanks could not get another run — with Diekman being the hero in the 9th. Diekman is a 35-year-old career journeyman whom Boston signed only a few weeks ago in late March, to an $8/yr contract. He was with Oakland last year. He’s always been able to strike out more men than innings pitched — 83 in 60.2 innings pitched last year.
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