Lots of momentum.
If dramatic Yankees, Another win over Rice on Wednesday It was a spark, as Frankie Montas immediately poured cold water on Thursday.
Montas was flagged for six runs over six innings – including the second half of five rounds – as the Yankees fell flat in the 9-2 loss to the Blue Jays To unlock a series of four games in The Bronx.
An attack that showed signs of being cut off from the last funk 24 hours before wasn’t much help either, as Jose Berrios kept the Yankees in check across 6 metres/half innings. The Yankees went 1-for-10 with the runners in the scoring center and left eight men at the base.
With their thirteenth loss in their last 17 games, the Yankees (73-46) saw their lead at the top of the East to nine games over the Blue Jays (63-54) and the Rays.
“It’s about us playing well – if we play well, that’s going to take care of himself,” said coach Aaron Boone. “Obviously we haven’t played well in the last 10 days. So I think it’s just a rough patch of us not playing well. We have to play better. I’m not sitting there thinking about this intro. It’s about tackling our business.”
During the Yankees’ recent offensive narrows, the start was quietly strong – allowing three runs or fewer in each of the last nine games before Thursday with a 3.07 ERA. But that changed on Thursday, as Montas struggled early on his debut at Yankee Stadium and put his team on a 5-0 hole in the second half.
In the three starts since joining the Yankees from athletics on the trade deadline, Montas has given up 14 winning runs on 18 strokes and six walks across 14 runs.
“I want to go out there and do my best,” Montas said. “It’s not my best.”
Blue Jays man George Springer served as a thorn in the Yankees’ side, going 5 for 5 with two runs and an RBI.
“He was in another world tonight,” Montas said.
Montas worked around Springer’s weakness in the first half but ran into trouble in the second. Tuscar Hernandez doubled and Matt Chapman doubled before Santiago Espinal switched to a player pick giving the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead.
With two contenders, Montas made his most expensive mistake when he walked for ninth hitter Wyatt Merrifield in four pitches. This turned the line-up to Springer, who struck a one-hit in the middle of the field to make it 2-0.
Then Vladimir Guerrero Jr. paid a visit to the short veranda, where he pulled three times on the ground to push the Blue Jays’ lead to 5-0.
The Yankees narrowed the difference in the third inning, with Prius throwing a mistake in DJ LeMahieu’s dunked song, while Aaron Judge led in another to pick a player to make it 5-2.
Oswaldo Cabrera later added a pair of hits, including a double on his first major league hit, but the Yankees let them waste.
“I’m still looking for that traction to really make it roll,” Boone said. “The long ball wasn’t there and that’s a big scoring element. I thought tonight was better than what we saw on that seven-game stage where it was really tough. But we need to be better.”
The Blue Jays reached Montas in another sixth inning to make it 6-2 before blowing the match open in the seventh inning with three runs from Albert Abreu, who had given up seven winning runs over the last 10 innings.
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