Frankie Montas Stinks Again. Judge Hits 50th. LA Angels 4 Yankees 3

Frankie Montas allowed 8 hits and 3 homeruns in 6 innings to send the Yankees to another defeat, 4-3 to the Angels in Anaheim.

Montas put the Yanks behind 1-0 by allowing a homer in the 2nd; the Yanks came back to give him a 2-1 lead. But Montas allowed a homer in the 4th to tie it, and a 2-run homer to Shohei Ohtani in the 5th to put NY in a 4-2 hole.

Aaron Judge was intentionally walked twice on the evening — but when pitched to, hit his 50th homerun — a bomb into the rocks in centerfield in the 8th to pull NY to within 4-3.

As Katie Sharp tweeted: Judge became the 2nd player in AL history to hit 50+ homers before September. The other was Roger Maris in 1961 (51).

“Just another number,” said Judge afterwards. “I wish we could have come up with the win.”

Oswaldo Cabrera hit a drive to deep center that was caught to end the game (with Josh Donaldson on base).

The Yankees are now 78-51; their lead slips to 7 games over Tampa, 8 over Toronto, and 10 over Baltimore. The Angels are 56-73, 26 games back of Houston in their division.

1. Montas Stunk Again

Frankie Montas allowed a homerun to Luis Rengifo to right in the 2nd giving the Angels a 1-0 lead.

All seemed ok after the Yanks jumped back ahead 2-1 (see below), but in the bottom of the 4th, Montas coughed up a homer to former Yankee Mike Ford and it was a 2-2 tie.

Shohei Ohtani broke the tie with a 2-run bomb to center off Montas in the 5th. Angels 4 Yankees 2.

“I thought I threw the ball pretty good,” said Montas afterwards. “Just couldn’t keep the ball in the ballpark.”

2. LeMahieu Bunts In a Run

The Yanks got to Angels starter Jose Suarez in the 3rd — a 1-out walk to Isiah Kiner-Falefa and single by Oswaldo Cabrera made it 1st and 3rd, 1 out. DJ LeMahieu then bunted in Falefa for a 1-1 tie.

3. Rizzo HR Puts Yanks Up

Anthony Rizzo hit a 410-foot BOMB to right in the top of the 4th to give the Yanks and Montas a 2-1 lead.

4. Judge Hits 50th

Aaron Judge was intentionally walked twice on the evening — in the 3rd after LeMahieu’s bunt, with a runner on 2nd — and in the 5th with Falefa on 2nd and 2 outs.

But in the 8th with nobody on and up 4-2, the Angels and Ryan Tepera pitched to him — and he hit a BOMB to center — his 50th homer of the year — for a 4-3 game.

Jared Carrabis, Red Sox fan and Yankee Troll, tipped his cap:

5. Clay  Holmes Is Back

Montas pitched into the 7th, when he was yanked after allowing a leadoff single. Clay Holmes came in and got strikeout, groundout, groundout — so that was good news for the Yanks.

6. Cabrera Line Out to DEEP Right Center Ends It

More good news for the Yanks was that Oswaldo Cabrera continues to rip the ball. He got the single in the 3rd that helped later plate a run, and in the 9th, with 2 outs and Josh Donaldson on 1st — Cabrera ripped a line drive to DEEP right center that was caught by Mike Trout for the old ballgame. (See it at end of highlights here.)

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