The New York Yankees shut out the previously undefeated Baltimore Orioles 7-0 on Monday evening. Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton provided the power, but Jordan Montgomery stole the show in his season debut. The Yankees started the week strong following a disappointing series loss to the Blue Jays.
Montgomery, Bullpen Deal in Yankees Win
Jordan Montgomery was lights out, carrying over from his strong work in Tampa to the Bronx. With pinpoint command of all his pitches, Monty struck out seven and didn’t walk a batter, allowing only four hits. His changeup was particularly effective, racking up nine whiffs and putting O’s batters off-balance. Monty also never went to three balls on any batter, a testament to his great control on the evening.
Luis Cessa came on in relief in the 7th. He threw two scoreless innings, striking out three and allowing only one baserunner. Finally, Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman made his season debut having served his two-game suspension for throwing near Mike Brosseau last fall. Chapman threw fire, striking out three while walking one, with his fastball topping out at 101mph. But all three of his Ks were whiffs on his secondary pitches, the slider and newfound splitter.
The Yankees Offense Breaks Out in Grand Style
After a strong first three innings from O’s starter Jorge López, the second time through the order proved crucial. Aaron Judge porched his first homer of the season, finding the 2nd row with a 104mph EV, 344 ft. solo shot to right. His homer would only be one in two other ballparks in the MLB. But that was just the beginning of the power.
In the crucial bottom of the 5th, Jay Bruce led the Yankees off with a walk before a Gio Urshela grounder forced Bruce out at 2nd. Clint Frazier grounded out down the third baseline, moving Gio to second. After DJ LeMahieu and Judge walked, Aaron Hicks provided the true turning point of the game. Hicks barely checked his swing on a 2-2 count, forced the count full, and subsequently walked, plating Urshela and keeping the bases loaded. That brought the struggling and off-balance Stanton to the plate with the bases loaded and two out.
“With bases loaded, just get the barrel to it and good things happen,” said Giancarlo Stanton in his on-field postgame interview. And boy did he ever. Stanton sent the 2nd pitch to the concourse behind Frank’s Red Hot Terrace in left-center for a monster grand slam. The bomb took over the standings for the hardest-hit, longest homer of the season (115mph, 471 ft.), and gave the Yankees a 6-0 lead. LeMahieu plated Frazier with an RBI single in the 6th to close the scoring at 7-0.
Takeaways from the Big Win
The Yankees bounced back well from a tough opening weekend. There were good at-bats and swings peppered throughout the lineup, notably with Stanton’s loud first hit and Hicks’ key RBI. Clint Frazier continued his hot start with another hit and walk, while Jay Bruce showed great plate discipline drawing two walks, scoring once.