There are a grand total of 3 teams in the MLB that have yet to be shut-out of a game this season — the Nationals, Twins, and Yankees. And the Yankees have been threatened a few times this season to be shut-out, but they just don’t give up until that last out. Because with this team, you just never know when someone’s going to hit that magical comeback hit or a home run or do something that turns the game. Yogi got it right, which is why I think the Yankees continue that legacy of never quitting until that last out.
Jordan Montgomery got the start in the finale against the Royals tonight. Montgomery had a pretty strong outing for his season so far, throwing 83 pitches in 5 innings, giving up 4 hits, 3 walks, and 5 runs, and striking out 4 Kansas City batters. With 2 outs and runners on the corners in the 2nd, 2 consecutive singles scored 2 runs to get the Royals on the board. In the 5th, with 2 runners on base, a ball hit deep was carried by the wind into the right field seats for a 1-out 3-run home run to cement the Royals lead.
Chad Green had better luck at keeping the Royals from adding to their lead, throwing a beautiful and efficient 3 innings, and garnering 6 solid strikeouts. The defense certainly had issues under Montgomery at times, which led to a few missed balls (graciously dubbed hits by the official scorekeeper) and consequently a few extra runs. But they got it together under Green, thanks mostly to his strong outing (especially those strikeouts).
The Yankees bats, however, were relatively silenced by the strong outing by the Royals’ starter. Look, he did a great job and keeping the Yankees from doing much at all, only giving up 3 hits and 2 walks, but getting the magical 10 strikeouts. They just weren’t doing much against him in his 7 innings. The 8th inning reliever gave up a double, but then the Yankees left Ellsbury stranded as the pitcher breezed through the rest of the lineup.
In the 9th inning, Starlin Castro faced a new reliever and like the first pitch he saw, hitting it into left field for a nice double to kick off the inning. Judge singled to put 2 runners on base. After a strikeout, Didi Gregorius’ single was deep enough to easily score Castro so that the Yankees broke that zero on the scoreboard. But 2 outs later, the game was over.
Final score: 5-1 Royals, Yankees win series 2-1.
The Yankees are off to Florida to face the Rays this weekend. And they probably couldn’t be happier that the Rays play in a domed stadium as it’s been a week of scary record highs, hitting nearly 100° in some areas (with a feels like of about 5-10° higher due to the humidity). It’s May, right? So what’s up with the less-than-Spring weather hitting the East Coast?
And MLB announced a newly formed special group that will report to HQ on how they can improve the game. The Competition Committee, as it’s called, is composed of active managers, executives, and hall-of-famers who will meet and provide recommendations on how to improve the game and gameplay. With all the new rules and regulations, an active voice, with their finger on the pulse of the game, can bring a fresh perspective to the table. They can address overall player, safety, and play-of-game issues, sending their ideas to the MLB Commissioner and his team to decide how to implement into the active or upcoming season.
One particular name on the list is Yankees’ manager, Joe Girardi. Other names include some of the smartest, most analytical guys around MLB — like Met’s GM Sandy Alderson, Cubs’ President Theo Epstein, Orioles’ manager Buck Showalter, and Hall-of-Fame alumni Roberto Alomar and John Smoltz. It’s going to be interesting to watch this committee develop, find its voice in the game, and watch its effect on the game as a whole.
Also, our thoughts and prayers go out to the people injured as a result of the car accident earlier today in Times’ Square, and to the family and friends of the one fatality who are grieving their daughter tonight.