The New York Yankees demolished the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday evening by a score of 9–1. For the first time this season, starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery picked up a victory, plagued previously by poor run production from the offense.
Having lost the final two games of a four-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays, the Yankees finally got back in the win column. The Angels extended their losing streak to five.
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Montgomery lasted 7.0 innings, giving up four hits and one earned run. The Yankees’ left-handed starter tossed 87 pitches, striking out four batters in the process. Montgomery gave up a solo home run in the 7th inning just before being pulled, having done his job to perfection. He lowered his ERA to 3.04 on the season.
The bullpen got the job done for the final 2.0 innings, giving up three hits and zero earned runs. Young bullpen arm, David McKay, gave up two walks and a hit, loading the bases before getting himself out of trouble to end the game. The bullpen has been a bit spotty recently with injuries plaguing the unit, but they are hoping to survive the toils until Aroldis Chapman and Jonathan Loáisiga can make a full return.
Offensively, the Bombers were on fire, posting four runs in the 1st inning thanks to a Matt Carpenter two-run blast driving in Miguel Andujar. The team tallied 13 hits on the evening, including three walks and striking out just five times. DJ LeMahieu posted two hits and two RBIs, but the bottom of the batting order finally came alive. The No. 8-9 hitters, Jose Trevino and Joey Gallo, put together five hits and two RBIs.
This season, Trevino has taken his game to another level, hitting .263 with a 30.9% on-base rate. Trevino is one of the league’s best defensive catchers, but he’s carried his weight on offense as well. He’s hitting .250 with two homers and eight RBIs in the month of May, striking out just nine times over 48 at-bats.
Despite the win, the Yankees are still dealing with a myriad of injuries. Luckily, outfielders Tim Locastro and Giancarlo Stanton are making their way back and are nearing a return.