A Bad Day, Pt 1: Houston 3 NY 2 in 1st of Doubleheader

J.J. Matijevic reached on an infield hit to drive in the winning run with 2 outs and bases loaded in the bottom of the 9th inning off Michael King for the walk-off Houston victory.

King had a single then a double to lead off the inning, putting 2nd and 3rd with nobody out — and almost got out of it.

But didn’t.

The Yanks had just tied the game 2-2 in the top of the 9th when Isiah Kiner-Falefa got a Huge, 2-out seeing-eye base hit thru shortstop and 3rd base to score Aaron Hicks.

But in the end the Yankees lost. That’s baseball Suzyn.

It was the 1st game after the All Star break and 1st game of a doubleheader, on a Thursday afternoon in Houston.

1. Montgomery No Run Support Again

Jordan Montgomery started for the Yanks, so it goes without saying or having to write it that he pitched great but got no run support.

Monty allowed a run in the 1st inning on leadoff bunt singles by Jose Altuve and Jeremy Pena, and a 1-out RBI single by Alex Bregman.

Montgomery allowed another run in the 2nd (a walk then 1-out double by Korey Lee).

But then he settled down and pitched shutout ball into the 7th — leaving with a slash line of 6.1 innings, 7 hits allowed, 2 runs, 8 strikeouts, 1 walk. He left losing 2-1 — but the Yanks saved him from a loss by tying it in the 9th. He remains 3-2 on the year with an ERA now of 3.24.

2. LeMahieu HR Provides Yank Offense

Cristian Javier started for Houston and he pitched well — 5 innings of 2-hit ball. DJ LeMahieu finally touched him for a solo homer in the top of the 5th to make it 2-1 Houston.

3. Kiner-Falefa Ties It In 9th

Javier left after 5 innings with 99 pitches thrown. The Houston bullpen of Phil Maton, Ryne Stanek, and Rafael Montero shut the Yanks out until the 9th, when Hector Neris came on.

Aaron Hicks got on with a 1-out single, and moved to 2nd on a groundout by Giancarlo Stanton. With 2 outs, Kiner-Falefa came up with his big, seeing-eye hit to tie the game.

4. The End

Albert Abreu relieved Montgomery in the 6th, and pitched 1.2 shutout innings — bringing the game into the 9th, when Michael King took over (see top of article).

The Boxscore


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