Yanks Blast Chicago Cubs 8-0 with 6 Homers & Monty Shutout

The Yankees put on a Home Run Festival with 6 solo home runs, and Jordan Montgomery threw 7 shutout innings en route to the 8-0 drubbing of the Chicago Cubs on a beautiful, 75-degree June Saturday night in the Bronx.

Highlights were 2 homers by Aaron Judge, a MISSILE by Giancarlo Stanton that electrified all of Twitter for its near 120-MPH exit velocity, and of course Monty’s 7 stellar shutout innings.

Monty’s start was especially important because the Yankee bullpen had pitched 7 shutout innings in the 13-inning win the night before.

“7 huge innings by Monty,” said Aaron Boone afterwards. “It was going to be a struggle if we didn’t get a lot of length out of him today, and that was just what the doctor ordered. And then obviously the offense was terrific.”

The only mar on the evening was that shortly after the Yankee game ended, the NY Rangers were eliminated from the playoffs by Tampa, 2-1 — a game most Yankee fans were simultaneously watching once it started at 8pm.

The win was the Yanks’ 3rd in a row, and 9th in the last 10 games. It brings their record to a gaudy 43-16 .729 — now 8.5 ahead of Toronto and 9 ahead of Tampa. Chicago falls to 23-35.

1. Yankee Homer Derby

Aaron Judge kicked off the evening’s festivities with a home run leading off the bottom of the 1st off Matt Swarmer — his major league leading 23rd of the season.

The Chicago Cubs have an electric young centerfielder named Christopher Morel, and two batters after Judge, Giancarlo Stanton hit a blast to the wall in dead centerfield — Morel made a terrific catch on it — prompting the Chicago Cubs twitter person to post a highlight of the catch with the words: “Yankee fans think everything is a home run.”

You don’t spit into the wind and you don’t pull on Superman’s cape, and you don’t taunt the Yankees and Giancarlo Stanton regarding home runs.

In the 4th, Giancarlo Stanton came up a second time — and electrified all of twitter with this 120-MPH-exit-velocity MISSILE to left.

Or as Red Sox fan and Jarred Carrabis put it:

Aaron Boone says the Yanks call Giancarlo “the Unicorn” for the unworldly way he hits the ball.

Gleyber Torres went back-to-back, belly-to-belly with this shot into the bullpen in right centerfield and it was 3-0.

The Yankees continued their unrelenting barrage but came up with new ways to entertain the audience — Jose Trevino led off the 5th with a homer off the foul pole to left to make it 4-0.

Two batters later Aaron Judge hit his 2nd homer of the evening, and 24th on the season, with a shot to left. 5-0 NY.

And then two batters later — Swarmer still pitching — Anthony Rizzo joined the party with a homer to right. 6-0 NY.

Chicago brought in Michael Rucker to pitch the 6th and the Yankees greeted him 4 straight baserunners — a leadoff single by Gleyber Torres, walk by Aaron Hicks, single by Isiah Kiner-Falefa for a run to make it 7-0, and single by Jose Trevino to load the bases.

Aaron Judge hit a sac fly to make it 8-0.

2. Monty Shutout Pitching

Meanwhile Jordan Montgomery was mowing down the Chicago lineup with his assortment of pitches including his 94-MPH sinker, 94-MPH fastball, 87-MPH cutter, 83-MPH changeup, and his awesome 80-MPH curveball.

“Cutter again a factor,’ noted Aaron Boone. “Thought he had a really good one at times. I thought he had a little bit of everything going again; it’s been that the last few starts for him. His mix has been good. Good changeup. Breaking ball. I thought he was on the attack really well. I thought he started to waiver there in the 6th and 7th — I think he had to find his legs a little bit but was able to finish it. 7 huge innings by him.”

Monty went 7 innings, 5 hits, 0 runs, 5 K’s, 0 walks — 96 pitches. He goes to 2-1 2.70 on the year.

3. Yank Bullpen Finishes the Shutout

Ron Marinaccio pitched a shutout inning striking out 2, and Lucas Luetge pitched a shutout 9th for the old ballgame and make it a perfect night for the Yankees.


  • Jose Trevino went 3-4 with the Homer and is now at .309 (.356 OBP).
  • Aaron Judge went 2-3 with a sac fly and is now at 24-48-.313 (.388)
  • Gleyber Torres went 2-3 and is now at 12-28-.253 (.299)

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