The Yankees came into Sunday’s game looking for a sweep. Unfortunately, an annoying loss is what they got, instead.
It was all right there. The New York Yankees had put up a four-spot in the first and looked in prime position for a three-game sweep over the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards. With this, the Yankees would’ve started their ten-game road trip 5-1 with a four-game set against the Texas Rangers in the Lone Star State to follow. But in a flash, The lead shrunk to two, then one, then zero. Then the deficit grew to one, then three, then five, and what originally looked like would be a laugher 20 minutes into the game turned into a very annoying and irritating loss on a Sunday afternoon. Listen, we can beat around the bush all we want here, but one thing’s for certain: the Yankees cannot afford losses like these if they truly want to right the ship after a slow start.
When you’re spotted a 4-0 lead before you even take the mound, allowing five runs in just three innings of work isn’t the best plan of action for supporting your squad. That’s just what Montgomery did, as he allowed six hits, five runs, and walked a pair. He recorded just a mere nine outs. The frustrating thing about this start is that Montgomery had been looking strong as of late. He had a masterful nine-strikeout performance in St. Pete against the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday, and this start seems like a serious regression for him.
On the season, Montgomery’s ERA is a lofty 4.75. However, he has struck out 41 in 41.2 innings, and opponents are hitting just .239 off of him. Hopefully, this is just a road bump and not necessarily a flat tire for the Yanks’ lefty.
Yankees Shut Down
The Yankees might’ve put up a crooked number in the first, scoring four runs. The bad news is that the Bombers only pushed across two more runs the rest of the game. Bruce Zimmermann came on in relief in the second inning. He pitched 5.2 innings and allowed just one run on an Aaron Judge blast. Overall, Zimmermann allowed two hits, walked one, and struck out six. After the third inning, the Yanks didn’t score again until the ninth, when they had a mini-rally against O’s closer Cesar Valdez.
The point is, these losses can’t happen for the Yankees. The Bombers struggled mightily out of the gate, but they’ve since done their part to right the ship. Moving forward, however, the Yankees can’t afford to blow big leads or lose games that, just like this one, are very, very winnable. On the bright side, the Pinstripers did take two out of three, making them 6-0-2 in their last eight sets.
As mentioned earlier, the Yankees will now head down to Texas for a four-game set with the Rangers. The Rangers have lost six straight and sit in last place in the American League West with a record of 18-24, so it’s fair to say that they’re not very good. Gerrit Cole will take the ball Monday against Jordan Lyles, with Jameson Taillon, Corey Kluber, and Domingo German to follow. Considering the pitching matchups and the fact that Texas is struggling, the Yankees should be able to easily take at least three out of four. Anything short of that would be a disappointment.