Yankees pounce on A’s errors and come back to win a 9-5 ball game


Yankees pounce on A's errors and come back to win a 9-5 ball game

For a little while, the A’s had some hope. They led the Yankees 5-1, and even after throwing back a few, they still had a two-barrel lead into the seventh inning. However, there are very good reasons why New York started Monday with 28 more wins than Oakland and they came out in that fateful seventh place. A combination of poor pitching, defensive errors, and key Yankees hits resulted in a six-run frame as the Bombers came back to beat the A’s 9-5.

The Yankees were the first to get on the board and while the man behind their first run of the broader 2022 season came as no surprise, it had been a minute since he was the driving force of a rally. Anthony Rizzo pulled some key walks against the Astros over the weekend, but he still came in with a 0-for-19 sled. The All-Star nominee came off the blade with a solo shot.

Rizzo was back on the board and Thing was his 20th of the season. It’s the ninth time he’s hit that plateau in his 12-year career, but he’s never done it faster than on June 27 (his career high is 32 home runs).

The Yankees had a 1-0 lead, but this wasn’t Jordan Montgomery’s night. The dismantled A’s started with the worst OPS (.603) and OPS+ (77) in the league, but the left-hander certainly didn’t field them that well in the third. After cruising through the first two innings, Montgomery gave Nick Allen a leadoff walk, and although he hit the next two batters, he was unlucky on an infield single from Christian Bethancourt. That might have been a stroke of luck, but it certainly wasn’t Ramón Laureano’s second swing.

Laureano blew that ball at 108.1 mph. Montgomery needed some easy out to end the inning, and he left a sinker in the middle of the zone that barely moved.

The inexplicable two-out struggles continued as Montgomery turned a 0-2 count against Sean Murphy into a hit-by-pitch with a 55-foot curveball that bounced and plopped the A’s catcher. Next came a change to the pipe that even a wrecked Elvis Andrus could smoke.

With a base hit to the right, Sheldon Neuse provided the final blow to make it 5:1, A’s. Montgomery had allowed baseball’s most gruesome offense to hit five runs with two outs. That’s pretty untenable. At least Montgomery rallied to retire 11 of the next 13 batters (including a Rizzo error) before leaving two outs in the seventh. It was a one bad inning play for the southpaw, but what a bad inning!

However, it usually takes more than one bad inning for the Yankees to lose a game. It can happen from time to time, but a team like the A’s has to play near-perfect ball to create the upset. That didn’t happen on Monday night.

Giancarlo Stanton was the first Yankee to break into Oakland’s lead when he lined a 409-foot homer in front of Paul Blackburn. The right-hander is a decent pitcher and has a shot at being the A’s only all-star representative, but the Yankees made him work. By the end of the fifth, he had allowed a third run on a line drive from Aaron Judge that Andrus couldn’t handle, and with Blackburn’s pitch count of 91, A’s manager Mark Kotsay had to dunk into his bullpen.

Reliever Adam Oller didn’t take it easy in the sixth round as he went a pair of batters and only slithered out when Jose Trevino hit a routine fly and Marwin Gonzalez slammed one. Oller returned for the seventh time, and this time the A’s gave the Yankees a bunch of gifts, practically begging them to already take the lead. Seriously, check out this rally for round four:

  • DJ LeMahieu on foot
  • The judge accesses the interference of the catcher
  • Pitching switch to AJ Puk
  • Rizzo was hit by a pitch to load the bases (hey should be good)
  • Stanton achieved interference from the catcher

That’s a terrible performance from Murphy behind the plate; it hasn’t exactly increased its commercial value there. On the plus side, the mistakes allowed PSA’s Matt Ferenchick to post this beautiful Jacoby Ellsbury-inspired photo:

Jokes aside, the two errors really came back to bite Oakland when Josh Donaldson connected for a two-run double.

That’s a much-needed hit from someone who’s nervous, as Donaldson has had a dismal .565 OPS in his last 10 games with just one extra base hit. Puk exited the tournament without a batter eliminated, and the Yankees put on two more runs against Austin Pruitt when budding All-Star Trevino cracked an RBI double and Gonzalez hit it with a single.

It was 9-5 at this point, Yankees, and with those two teams, the last few frames felt pretty shallow. Albert Abreu did Yeoman’s job of relieving Montgomery, covering the final 2.1 innings without conceding a hit to earn his first win of the season. Someone’s being sent down tomorrow or assigned a task to make room for backup starter JP Sears and it could be Abreu. It could also be the underused Manny Bañuelos or even Ron Marinaccio who has options despite his good performance. I would take a deep sigh and sadly say goodbye to Bañuelos, but that’s just me.

The other top pitcher in the A-rotation gets his crack at the Yankees tomorrow when Frankie Montas heads out with Sears. The first pitch will cross home plate at approximately 7:05 p.m. ET.

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