Monty Finally Gets the Win! NY 9 LA Angels 1

Jordan Montgomery finally got run support and pitched deep into the game — 7 innings of 1-run ball — to get the win — his first victory of the season. Monty had pitched great in 8 of his last 9 starts — the only bad start a 4.1 inning, 2-run affair.

Meanwhile the Yankee bombers beatup on former Met Noah Syndergaard, chasing him in the 3rd inning.

Homers by Matt Chapman and Jose Trevino were part of the Yankee 9-run barrage but the Yankee Defense was even more spectacular and decisive in the win.

NY improves to 34-15 and regains the best record in baseball, a game ahead of the Dodgers. The Angels fall to 27-23.

“All night, the defense did a lot of really good things,” said manager Aaron Judge afterwards.

1. Monty Another Strong Start

Jordan Montgomery pitched 7 innings of 4-hit baseball, striking out 4 and walking only 1. He filled the strike zone and got a lot of ground ball outs, letting his defense do the work behind him.

“They really came out swinging, gave me an early lead,” said Jordan Montgomery afterwards. He said the big lead allowed him to be more aggressive. “I really just kind of went right after them. A lot of first pitch cutters, two seamers, and then kind of mixed it up after that.”

2. Yankee Defense Spectacular

The Yankee defense was spectacular. In the top of the 1st, Joey Gallo made a terrific play on a foul out down the right field line, and Aaron Judge followed with a leap over the centerfield wall to rob Shohei Ohtani of a homer.

In the top of the 2nd, catcher Jose Trevino threw a strike to 1st to catch the runner Matt Duffy for an out.

In the 5th, with the Yanks up 5-0 and Shohei Ohtani on 2nd with 2 out, Isiah Kiner-Falefa made a spectacular play to his right at shortstop and then to nail the runner to end the inning and save a run — what Aaron Boone said later was the turning point of the game.

Gleyber Torres casually made a terrific play at 2nd base later on with a strong throw to 1st going into the outfield. The Yankee defense was splendid all game.

3. Yanks Knock Out Syndergaard

Noah Syndergaard was coming off a strong 8 inning, 1 run start — but the Yanks Jumped on him in the bottom of the 1st.

Aaron Judge walked and Anthony Rizzo ripped a double to deep right center, just off the glove of a diving Mike Trout, scoring Judge who sprinted around from 1st.

Gleyber Torres the next batter, doubled off the wall in deep left center to score Rizzo and NY was up 2-0. Gleyber was caught at 3rd — safe at first but his foot came off the bag on the slide.

Miguel Andujar singled and Matt Chapman — the relatively new Yankee and 3-time All Star — knocked a homer into the right field stands for a 4-0 lead.

In the bottom of the 2nd, Joey Gallo singled and then sprinted around the base paths on a DJ LeMahieu double for a 5-0 lead.

Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar led off the 3rd with singles and Syndergaard was gone.

4. Yanks Add On Runs

The Yanks added 2 runs in the 6th — a single by Trevino, a double by Gallo and then a groundout by LeMahieu to score Jose Trevino who made a terrific play to avoid the tag at home.

Judge followed with a sac fly to Trout in center to give Monty a 7-0 lead.

Monty allowed a homer to Rengifo to left in the bottom of the 7th, but got thru the inning, getting out of the inning with some hard-hit line outs.

5. Castro Escapes 8th

Miguel Castro came on to pitch the top of the 8th with a 7-1 lead, but allowed a leadoff single then a double and it was 2nd and 3rd nobody out. But Castro reared back and struck out leadoff batter Taylor Ward (the 3rd baseman who owns a .347 batting average), and then got Ohtani and Trout to hit consecutive pop ups to Judge in centerfield.

6. Trevino Homer Caps It

Jose Trevino hit a 2-run bomb to left in the bottom of the 8th for the final score. Trevino went 3 for 4 in the game and is at .268.

David McKay pitched the 9th for the Yanks, and got the final popup with the bases loaded.

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