Jordan Montgomery was masterful in another start and got no run support, again. None — zero. This has been going on for years now it seems. Monty pitched 6 strong innings allowing only 1 run on 3 hits but was outdueled by former Yank Michael Pineda — who shutout the Yankee offense for 5 innings — helped by the Detroit bullpen which shut them out too in the 3-0 loss.
In a game that started at 1 pm on a Thursday afternoon in cold Detroit (45 degree temps).
Detroit avoided the sweep; NY won the first two games of the series, and falls to 7-6 on the year.
1. Monty With Another Strong Start
Jordan Montgomery allowed just the 1 run in the 3rd, with a leadoff single by Willi Castro to left and a 1-out double by Robbie Grossman to left.
Monty’s 6 innings were the longest start for a Yank starter this year.
“I really just tried to attack the zone, came out walking the first guy, settled in and tried to throw strikes with a bunch of pitches,” said Montgomery afterwards.
Asked if the perpetual lack of offense added pressure on him, Monty answered, “Pitchers as a whole all know we got to go out there and just do our job; we all know the guys are trying their hardest. If you think like that you probably could put extra pressure on yourself. But I’m just trying to go out there and give us a chance to win.”
Jose Trevino caught Monty, and made a terrific play on a nubber in the 5th.
What a play, Jose! 💪 pic.twitter.com/VFXD7NskUH
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) April 21, 2022
Monty’s final line: 6 innings, 3 hits, 1 run, 5 strikeouts, 2 walks, and the loss to go 0-1 on the season. Monty took the loss but the good news is that he continues to pitch well, start after start – year after year.
On the other hill, Michael Pineda looked more ‘robust’ than he did as a Yankee. And he used that girth to shut them out for 5 innings.
I am here for the awkward silence. pic.twitter.com/7FMQQsPXi0
— Lucas (@DBITLefty) April 21, 2022
2. Yanks Loaded Bases with 1 Out in 8th
The Yanks mounted a rally in the 8th – loading the bases with 1 out. Josh Donaldson led off with a double, Gleyber Torres singled him to 3rd, and after Aaron Hicks popped out, Aaron Judge walked.
Gregory Soto relieved Alex Lange, and got Anthony Rizzo to ground the ball back to him – for an out at home. Giancarlo Stanton grounded out and the bases-loaded rally went to the wind.
3. Cabrera Stuck on 2,999 Hits; Tigers Put Game Away
Miguel Cabrera entered the game with 2,999 hits. Monty retired him 3 times, striking him out twice.
With the score 1-0 Detroit, Miguel Castro got into trouble in the bottom of the 8th – a double, single and walk loaded the bases with nobody out. Lucas Luetge came in and got Jeimer Candelaria to ground back to him for a double play – home to 1st. A HUGE play.
It brought up Cabrera for his 4th at bat of the afternoon. With 2nd and 3rd, 1 out, the score 1-0 Detroit, Yank Manager Aaron Boone had Cabrera intentionally walked.
The strategy backfired when Austin Meadows hit a bloop double into center that Aaron Hicks just missed catching, plating 2 runs for the 3-0 Detroit lead and ballgame.
Hey Siri, define karma. pic.twitter.com/uU7057jlYD
— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) April 21, 2022
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