The key to winning in baseball is simply to pitch well, score runs, and play solid defense. The Yankees carried out all three actions today, resulting in a 9-1 victory over the Blue Jays. Jordan Montgomery held the Jays to only one run, while his offense fired on all cylinders this afternoon.
Just what the doctor ordered
LHP Jordan Montgomery pitched well today, rescuing the bullpen after Sonny Gray’s disappointing outing yesterday. Although he did have plenty of runs support from the Yankee lineup, he still managed to almost completely shut down Toronto’s offense. His pitching line this afternoon: 6IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, 3BB, 5K, 91 pitches, 54 strikes.
For the sixth time this season, Aaron Judge made us feel sorry for the baseball, homering to left field off Marcus Stroman. This home run gave the Bombers and early 2-0 lead in the third inning.
To cap off the scoring, Judge singled home Austin Romine, extending the lead to eight runs. In fact, the score would stay 9-1 the rest of the way, as the bullpen shut down a strong Blue Jay lineup.
What a relief
Following a game in which the bullpen was counted on to record more than fifteen outs, only two relievers needed to be utilized this afternoon, as Chasen Shreve and the newly-recalled Jonathan Holder each delivered impressive outings. Collectively, the pair pitched three innings of no-hit ball, striking out four in the process.
Aaron Boone must feel relieved right now (pun intented) because he did not have to burn through his top arms in the Pen, especially since both Tommy Kahnle and Adam Warren are currently on the 10-Day DL.
RHP Adam Warren was placed on the disabled list today with a mild lat strain and RHP Jonathan Holder was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.