After the New York Yankees took two games in a row from the Seattle Mariners the Yankees went into yesterday afternoon’s game hoping for the sweep. The exact opposite happened, the Yankees were shut out by the west coast team 4-0. The game ended in an unexpected drama.
Jordan Montgomery not good, not bad
Jordan Montgomery has had a frustrating season this year, and those frustrations continued last night. “Monty” took to the mound in the first inning and allowed a homer to Kyle Seager over Brett Gardner’s glove at the wall. In the second inning, Luis Torrens hammed one to left for a single. Then, Dylan Moore got a two-run shot into the left-center stands. Two poorly located pitches cost Montgomery big-time as he then went 2 outs into the seventh inning, matching Logan Gilbert all the way. Montgomery put down the Mariners 1-2-3 two innings in a row. He pitched a season-high 105 pitches.
In the game, Montgomery only allowed 4 hits while matching a season-second high 9 strikeouts. On May 21, he got his career-high 11 strikeouts. Montgomery has gotten very little run support in his games, and that was the case again yesterday as the Yankees only got one hit off of Seattle pitcher Logan Gilbert. Although Montgomery’s record has suffered, the Yankees have won 11 of his 17 starts; that’s three more than when ace Gerrit Cole starts a game.
Gerrit Cole and Jordan Montgomery have been the New York Yankees’ best pitchers this season. Unfortunately for the Yankees, both of these pitchers have lost their last three starts, adding to the downward spiral of the Yankees. Just beyond the halfway point of the season, the Yankees trail 9 games behind the division-leading Boston Red Sox.
Logan Gilbert one hit the Yankees
The Seattle Mariner’s starter Logan Gilbert was absolutely brilliant yesterday afternoon; he only allowed one Yankee hit. After the seventh inning, he had put down 18 Yankees in a row when he left the game. The Yankees only had three baserunners in the game. Giancarlo Stanton got the only hit of the game, a blistering double. The other two runners were Luke Voit, who was hit on the hand by a pitch from Gilbert, and DJ LeMahieu that Graveman hit.
The New York Yankees have been dogged all season long but having an underperforming lineup. For the most part, the only players in the lineup playing to their capabilities are Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton. For a time, it looked as though Gary Sanchez was picking it up; he hit five home runs in just 9 games but has cooled off recently. The bottom line is that the Yankees just couldn’t figure out Gilbert.
Mini drama sets up after the game
For the most part, there is little poor blood between the New York Yankees and the Seattle Mariners, but something strange happened last night. It appeared that the 9th inning closer Kendall Graveman was out for blood. He pitched up and in on Rougie Odor, then hit LeMahieu resulting in a staredown by Graveman.
Hit by a pitch, LeMahieu was the Yankee’s third base runner in the ninth.. two of the Yankees’ three base runners were hit by pitch. With last licks on the line for the New York Yankees with Locastro, LeMahieu, and Judge coming up, Locastro was pinch-hit by Rougie Odor, who popped out to shallow left. LeMahieu was hit by a pitch for the second Yankee runner of the game. Aaron Judge hit into a double play to end the game.
The two pitches “looked suspicious,” LeMahieu said. “It’s just baseball.”
Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Graveman stared down LeMahieu after hitting him.
Aaron Judge followed by hitting into a game-ending double play. As the Mariners celebrated, the Yankee dugout emptied, and Judge yelled at the Mariners, which Boone said was in response to Graveman staring down LeMahieu again.
“It was a frustrating game for us,’’ LeMahieu said.
Kendall Graveman is here to dig graves even verbal ones pic.twitter.com/drpkOOWG5J
— Lydia Cruz (@TheLydiaCruz) July 8, 2021