Monty Revenge. St Louis 1 Yankees 0

Jordan Montgomery pitched 5 shutout innings, allowing only 2 hits — in leading the Cardinals to the 1-0 victory over the Yankees.

Montgomery through his performance told Brian Cashman to “Go Fuck Yourself” after the Yankee GM traded him to St Louis 3 days earlier for centerfielder Harrison Bader.

Afterwards, Monty said he wasn’t ‘necessarily’ seeking revenge: “Not necessarily, because when I get out there, I’m locked in and I’m a professional and trying to win. I’m just trying to be a competitor and win the game.”

Once again, Monty pitched great and didn’t get run support — but this time just enough. On the hill for the Yankees was Domingo German, whom the Yankees kept over Montgomery. German pitched well — 5 innings and allowed the 1 run to lose.

On a hot, humid summer Saturday night in St. Louis. The game broadcast nationally on FOX.

The Yankees have now lost 4 in a row. They are now 70-38, but 9-15 in their last 24 games. Toronto and Tampa both lost so NY’s lead remains at 10.5 over Toronto, 12.5 over Tampa, and now 13.5 over the surging Baltimore Orioles. Boston lost again and remains 16.5 out.

St. Louis is now 59-48 and in 1st place by themselves; 1 game ahead of Milwaukee, who lost.

1. Monty Revenge

Monty got into a little trouble in the top of the 1st — a 1-out single by Aaron Judge and walk to Josh Donaldson — but got Gleyber Torres to ground into a double play on a nifty play by Nolan Arenado.

Monty sailed from there. He allowed only 1 more hit — to Kyle Higashioka with 1 out in the 3rd — and pitched a 1-2-3 inning in the 2nd, 4th, and 5th.

“I was pretty nervous, especially with how hot it was, but once I got through DJ, it was back to business and I dialed it in,” said Montgomery after the game.

The Cardinals later announced that Montgomery had been removed due to cramping in his hamstring and calf muscle — triggered by the hot, humid conditions. About the heat and humidity, Monty said, “It was definitely different than New York, but it’s about the same as South Carolina, so I’ve just got to get used to it again.” Montgomery was born in Sumpter, South Carolina.

2. German Good

The good news for the Yankees was that Domingo German pitched well again. The Yanks kept German over Monty, due in part to German’s 18-4 season of 2019.

German pitched 5 innings — using his 93-MPH fastball, 85-MPH changeup, and 81-MPH curve to keep the Cardinals off balance.

The only run German allowed was in the bottom of the 1st on a 2-out double by Paul Goldschmidt followed by a single to left by Nolan Arenado that Aaron Hicks bobbled picking up — it looked like there would be a play at the plate.

German was helped in the 3rd on a 2-out double to center by Paul Goldschmidt but perfect relay from Tim Locastro to Gleyber Torres who made a perfect relay throw home to Kyle Higashioka to nab Goldschmidt.

3. Cardinal Defense Spectacular

The Cardinals continued to blunt the Yankee offense with spectacular defense.

Nolan Arenado ROBBED Josh Donaldson of a leadoff double in the 4th with a Graig Nettles-esq play down the 3rd base line, helping Montgomery.

“We played clean baseball, we made a lot of good plays and Arenado is incredible over there,” said Montgomery afterwards. “I’ve heard nothing but great things about him, and I see him on ESPN all the time, and it’s good to see him doing it for me.”

The Yanks looked like they might get a run in the 8th inning, when Isiah Kiner-Falefa worked an 7-pitch walk to lead off. Andrew Benintendi popped out but Kyle Higashioka ripped a seeming base hit to right — but was thwarted by a spectacular diving catch by St Louis rightfielder Laars Nootbaar. Nootbaar killed the Yanks the night before with his defense.

4. Chapman Is Back

The glass half full part of the game for the Yanks was the pitching by German and the Yankee bullpen. After German’s 5 solid innings, Ron Marinaccio, Lou Trivino, and Aroldis Chapman pitched 4 shutout innings.

Trivino pitched 1.1 shutout innings — lowering his season’s ERA to 5.91.

Trivino was helped in the 7th by a terrific play down the 3rd base line and strong throw by Josh Donaldson — matching Arenado’s defense.

Chapman walked Albert Pujols — who was pinch hitting leading off the bottom of the 8th. Brendan Donovan was sent in as a pinch runner — and Chapman picked him off 1st.

Chapman then got a line out and a fly out to pitch a scoreless inning. It was Chapman’s 5th straight shutout outing.

5. Cardinals Bullpen Shuts Out Yanks

Jordan Hicks and Genesis Carbrera pitched 3 innings of shutout ball, and for the Yankees final Destructor the Cardinals brought out former Yankee Giovanny Gallegos for the 9th.

Gallegos got Aaron Judge on a fly, and then struck out Donaldson and Gleyber Torres for the old ballgame.


  • Aaron Judge and Kyle Higashioka got the only 2 Yankee hits.
  • Having traded Monty for a great defensive centerfielder who is injured, the Yanks trotted out Tim Locastro to play centerfield in this game — perhaps trolling Yankee Twitter.

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