CHICAGO — The New York Yankees got to Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Brett Anderson early on Saturday night as the lefty did not make it out of the first inning. The Yankees went on to win by a score of 11-6.
Anderson struggled early on and was only able to record one out before getting pulled from the game by Cubs manager, Joe Maddon. Anderson finished allowing six hits, five earned runs but was said to have left with lower back tightness.
Jordan Montgomery was on the mound for the Yankees and he pitched very effectively with an early lead behind him. The rookie allowed two earned runs in 6.2 innings of action and surrendered only three hits while striking out three.
Starlin Castro helped power the Yankees offense as he went 3-4 at the plate, the big hit being a homer in the fourth inning, pushing the lead to 8-0. Castro totaled three RBI’s and scored two runs on his big night. Outfielder Aaron Hicks also had a terrific night for the Yankees, going 4-5 with three runs scored and a three run HR. Hicks has been a terrific utility outfielder for the Yankees all season and is now hitting .355 on the year.
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4 hits and now a 3-run HR! ???
11-3 Yankees in the 8th. pic.twitter.com/87I0BfLSzF
Tommy Layne struggled out of the bullpen for the Yankees again as he allowed a run in his third consecutive outing. The lefty has struggled mightily with his command and with the re-emergence of Chasen Shreve, Layne may not be in the majors much longer.
With the win, the Yankees improved to 19-9 and will look for yet another series sweep on Sunday night when Luis Severino takes on Jon Lester in the primetime matchup.
Win- Jordan Montgomery
Loss- Brett Anderson
The Yankees continue to roll behind their lethal offense. They have scored five or more runs in 14 of their 28 games this season and have only lost in one of those games.