Yankees hit 4 homers in 8th, Montgomery beats Blue Jays 7-0
Yankees hit 4 homers in 8th, Montgomery beats Blue Jays 7-0
05 June, 2017, 08:21
"We're a better team with that and I'm just really appreciative of the opportunity to hang around on that mound every once in a while in whatever capacity".
Stroman came into the game on a five-game win streak.
The Jays took leads of 5-0 and 6-4 but the first-place Yankees kept chipping away at the Toronto lead.
The Blue Jays (27-29) were held to three hits and five walks by four Yankees pitchers.
In 11 starts this season, Luis Severino has a 2.90 ERA.
Meanwhile, Stroman was dealing nicely with that explosive NY lineup, holding them to two runs over six innings, by which point they were starting to get good barrel on his breaking balls. "A lot of times when you're trying to be too careful that's when you end up making mistakes".
"It wasn't a no-doubter, but he hit it good", Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
That varied sequencing and unpredictability is how Biagini and Maile got through a unsafe Yankees lineup three times Saturday, with NY boasting only four hits-three of them weakly-hit flares, the other Judge's thunderous double-to show for it. Biagini won't be happy with the three runs on his line (only one of them earned) but reaching 100 pitches, and pitching seven innings, for the first time in his career is big for a second-year pitcher still finding his feet as a starter. Last year, through 53 games, the Yankees hit 52 home runs, and they finished the season 19th in Major League Baseball in total home runs and 18th in home run percentage. Today I was thinking more about driving the ball. In that situation the home run was big to tie the game. Today was one of those days.
Gardner's came first. Then, after one out, Holliday, Castro and Gregorius went back-to-back-to-back.
Smoak's game-tying drive was his 14th homer, matching his total from 2016.
"It's incredible", marvelled Donaldson of Smoak's dinger production, now at 14, matching his HR output from all of 2016. The bad ones I threw got hit.
Chase Anderson threw seven scoreless innings for the second straight start as Milwaukee edged NY to gain a split of their four-game series.
For Estrada, it his shortest start since September 9 against Boston. "I always expect these guys to put up runs and swing the bats". "We obviously haven't been playing our best baseball the last week or two but we're fully capable of picking things up a little bit". He finished the inning, looking in pain, but gave way to Ryan Goins for the eighth.
"I thought it just wasn't his night and that's rare", Gibbons said. "It was really scary".
"I was just inconsistent", Estrada acknowledged after giving up four runs in the first inning for the first time in his career.
With Justin Smoak on third and Troy Tulowitzki on second following his eighth double of the regular season, second baseman Devon Travis leaned in for a hit which would result in a sacrifice fly, driving Smoak home to give Toronto extra insurance with the 7-5 lead and that would be all as far as scoring goes for the night. The Yankees return to the Bronx to host Boston and Baltimore.
The Yankees (32-21) scored two unearned runs in the third inning. Some of the pre-game talk in Gibbons' office on Saturday centered around the National Hockey League playoffs and the fact that country star Billy Ray Cyrus wrote a song for the Nashville Predators called Bring the Stanley Cup to Tennessee.
Brett Gardner led off the sixth with a single, took second when Gary Sanchez walked and advanced to third when Judge flied out to center.
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