Last week, Jordan Montgomery and Danny Duffy faced off in Kansas City. Duffy overpowered the Yankees en route to a 5-1 Royals win. Tonight, the story would have been that Montgomery outpitched Duffy had the bullpen held on. Instead, the Yankees lost 6-2. Here's how:
It was a pleasure to watch Montgomery work through the Kansas City lineup tonight. He entered the seventh inning having allowed only one hit, to Whit Merrifield in the third frame. Walks, which have plagued Montgomery this season, were not an issue. Merrifield was the only baserunner Montgomery allowed until his final inning of work.
The lefty's only mistake was a fastball that got a bit too much of the plate that Lorenzo Cain launched into the left field seats, cutting the Yankees lead at the time to 2-1. That occurred with one out in the seventh. Montgomery would retire one more batter before relinquishing the ball to manager Joe Girardi, who summoned Adam Warren. In all: Montgomery threw 6.2 innings, allowed one run on two hits, struck out six, and didn't walk a batter. A very good outing, indeed.
Clinging to a 2-1 lead, Girardi entrusted Warren to get the final out of the seventh. He got that final out...but not before the Royals took a 3-2 lead. Salvador Perez singled to greet Warren and Jorge Bonifacio followed up with a two-run homer to right.
This is where the Aroldis Chapman injury really hurts. We probably would have seen Dellin Betances in that situation to finish the frame and then work the eighth. Alas.
Duffy baffles the offense again
Off seven shutout innings last week against the Yankees, Duffy pitched well again tonight. I guess there was some improvement, as the Yankees scored two runs against the Royals' southpaw. Aaron Hicks and Chris Carter were responsible for each run on solo home runs.
The Yankees mustered two separate threats against Duffy, both shortly after Hicks' and Carter's solo home runs. When Hicks homered in the fourth, the Yankees put runners on first and second with two outs, but Didi Gregorius popped up to end the inning. After Carter's dinger, the offense surmised a two out rally to load the bases, but Starlin Castro flew out to left.
- The Royals plated their fourth run on a Whit Merrifield home run off Jonathan Holder in the eighth. The fifth and sixth runs came on a Mike Moustakas blast to right against Chasen Shreve. Not a banner night for the bullpen, that's for sure.
- Both teams scored all of their runs via home runs tonight.
- Tomorrow is another 7:05pm game against Kansas City. Luis Severino takes on Jason Hammel.