Yankees pounce on A errors, come back to win ball game 9-5

Yankees pounce on A errors, come back to win ball game 9-5

For a little while there, the A’s had some hope. They led the Yankees, 5-1, and even after surrendering a few, they still had a two-run advantage in the seventh inning. However, there are some very good reasons why New York started Monday with 28 more wins than Oakland, and they emerged in that fateful seventh. A combination of bad pitches, defensive errors and key hits by the Yankees led to a six-run frame as the Bombers came back to beat the A’s, 9-5.

The Yankees were the first to step onto the board, and while the man behind their first inning was no surprise in the larger framework of the 2022 season, he hadn’t been in a minute. the engine of a rally. Anthony Rizzo made a few big walks over the weekend against the Astros, but still came on in a 0-for-19 skid. The All-Star contender left the schneid with a solo shot.

Rizzo was back on the board and the dinger was his 20th of the season. It’s the ninth time he’s reached that milestone in his 12-year career, but he’s never reached it faster than June 27 (his career high is 32 homers).

The Yankees had a 1-0 lead, but it was not Jordan Montgomery’s night. The dismantled A’s started playing with the worst OPS (.603) and OPS+ (77) in the league, but the southpaw certainly didn’t throw them that way in the third. After getting through the first two innings, Montgomery walked Nick Allen, and although he retired the next two batters, he had bad luck on a field single to Christian Bethancourt. It might have been random, but Ramón Laureano’s second swing certainly wasn’t.

Laureano blistered this ball at 108.1 mph. Montgomery needed an out single of any kind to end the inning, and he left a sinker in the middle of the zone that barely budged.

The inexplicable two-out struggles continued when Montgomery turned an 0-2 count on Sean Murphy into a hit-per-pitch with a 55-foot curveball that bounced and dipped the A’s receiver. Then there was a change in the pipe that even a washed Elvis Andrus could smoke.

Sheldon Neuse finished the game with a right hit to make it 5-1, A’s. Montgomery had allowed baseball’s most atrocious offense to score five runs with two outs. It’s pretty indefensible. At the very least, Montgomery recovered to strike out 11 of the next 13 batters (including an error by Rizzo) before going two out in the seventh. It was a “one bad run” match for the southpaw, but what a bad run to have!

Typically, it takes more than one bad inning for the Yankees to lose a game. It might happen from time to time, but a team like the A’s needs to play a near-perfect ball to pull off the upset. It didn’t happen Monday night.

Giancarlo Stanton was the first Yankee to cut Oakland’s lead, as he homered 409 feet over Paul Blackburn. The right-hander is a pretty decent pitcher and has a shot at being the A’s only All-Star representative, but the Yankees made him work. By the end of the fifth he had allowed a third run on a line drive by Aaron Judge which Andrus couldn’t handle, and with Blackburn’s pitch count at 91 A’s manager Mark Kotsay had to dive in his enclosure.

Reliever Adam Oller didn’t make it easy in the sixth, when he brought out a pair of batters and only got away with it when Jose Trevino hit a routine fly and Marwin Gonzalez popped one. . Oller returned for the seventh, and this time around the A’s handed the Yankees a number of freebies, practically begging them to take the lead already. Seriously, watch this rally for Round 4:

  • DJ LeMahieu Walk
  • Judge reaches catcher’s interference
  • Change of pitcher for AJ Puk
  • Rizzo hit by a pitch to charge the bases (he it should be fine)
  • Stanton reaches on catcher’s interference

It’s a terrible display from Murphy behind the plate; he didn’t exactly increase his commercial value there. On the plus side, the errors allowed Matt Ferenchick of PSA to post this beautiful Jacoby Ellsbury-inspired photo:

All joking aside, both errors really came back to bite Oakland when Josh Donaldson connected for a two-run brace.

It’s a well-deserved shot from someone in a funk, as Donaldson had a dismal .565 OPS in his last 10 games, with only one extra hit. Puk walked away without retiring a batter, and the Yankees nailed two more runs against Austin Pruitt when the should-be All-Star Trevino hit an RBI double and Gonzalez scored it on a single.

At that point, the score was 9-5, Yankees, and with those two teams, the last two frames looked pretty shallow. Albert Abreu did the job of yeoman relieving Montgomery, covering the final 2.1 innings without allowing a hit to earn his first win of the season. Someone is going to be sent or designated for assignment tomorrow to make room for replacement JP Sears, and it could be Abreu. It could also be the little-used Manny Bañuelos or even Ron Marinaccio, who has options despite being quite good. I would take a deep sigh and sadly say goodbye to Bañuelos, but that’s just me.

The other top pitcher in the A rotation will get his shot at the Yankees tomorrow when Frankie Montas takes on Sears. The first pitch will cross home plate around 7:05 p.m. ET.

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