Yanks Come Back from 5-1 Deficit: NY 9 Oakland 5

Josh Donaldson rips 2-RBI double in 7th to put Yanks ahead 6-5

Well that was easy.

The Yankees came back from a 5-1 deficit in the 3rd inning, scoring 6 runs in the bottom of the 7th — to win going away, 9-5. In that inning, the Oakland defense fell apart — there were 2 Catcher’s Interference calls — and the Yanks pounced after that with 2-RBI doubles by Josh Donaldson and Jose Trevino.

Jordan Montgomery had trouble getting the final out of the 3rd inning, allowing 4 runs after 2 were out — but then settled down and pitched into the 7th.

Albert Abreu came in to pitch 2.1 brilliant innings of relief to get the win.

“When the news came that I was going to come back and join the team again, it felt like Hope,” said Abreu afterwards. “I was getting hope again. I had lost my confidence. And just walking into the Stadium here, just going thru those doors, I felt a rush of positive energy, and it let me know this is where I belong; I felt like a different person right there — just walking through this clubhouse.”

1. Rizzo Homer Starts the Scoring

Anthony Rizzo led off the scoring with a homerun in the bottom of the 1st against Oakland starter Paul Blackburn, who came in with a sterling 6-3 2.97 record. The Yankees entered with the best record in baseball and Oakland entered with the worst record — so things seemed to be going to plan.

2. Monty Had Trouble In the 3rd

Jordan Montgomery took the 1-0 lead to the 3rd, where he walked the leadoff batter but then struck out the next two.

1st baseman Christian Bethancourt reached on an infield single. And then it all fell apart for Monty — whose curveball and changeup kept getting hit: an RBI double tied the game, a hit by pitch loaded the bases, and Elvis Andrus doubled in 3 runs for a 4-1 Oakland lead.

Sheldon Neuse singled off another Monty curveball and it was 5-1 before Monty finally got the final out.

Monty said the trouble in the 3rd was that he was “Just not executing pitches.”

After the 3rd inning, Montgomery made adjustments — and pitched shutout ball the rest of the way into the 7th, when he was pulled with 2 outs and 97 pitches thrown.

“Really just had to buckle down and give us as many innings as I could,” said Monty afterwards. “Still sick about that 3rd inning. But kept us in there.”

3. Giancarlo Bomb Starts the Yank Comeback

Meanwhile the Yankees slowly started their comeback. It began with a Giancarlo Stanton 409-foot BLAST to left in the 4th — Oakland 5 NY 2.

With 2 outs in the 5th, DJ LeMahieu walked against Blackburn and stole second. Aaron Judge then ripped a pitch just off the leaping shortstop’s glove for an RBI single into left and it was Oakland 5 NY 3.

4. Yanks’ Score 6 Runs in the 7th

Adam Oller came in for Oakland to pitch the 7th, and after 1 out:

  • DJ LeMahieu walked again,
  • Aaron Judge reached 1st on Catcher’s Interference by Sean Murphy,
  • Anthony Rizzo was hit by a pitch to load the bases, and
  • Giancarlo Stanton reached first on a 2nd Catcher’s Interference call on Murphy– scoring a run and making it Oakland 5 NY 4!

Josh Donaldson pounced on a pitch and Ripped it to left for a 2-RBI double! NY 6 Oakland 5.

Oakland brought in Austin Pruitt, and Jose Trevino greeted him with a 2-RBI double to left. NY 8 Oakland 5.

Marwin Gonzalez ripped a single to right center and it was NY 9 Oakland 5.

5. Abreu Terrific

Monty had been relieved in the top of the 7th after getting the first 2 outs — as he was at 97 pitches and a right handed batter was coming up. So Monty missed a win by “this much.”

But the good news was Albert Abreu relieved Monty, got the final out of the 7th, and pitched a shutout 8th (walking 1, striking out 2) and 9th inning (striking out 1) for the old ballgame.

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