Following a beautiful ceremony to honor the first responders in these troubling times, baseball in the Bronx is back as the Yankees host their long time rival Boston Red Sox for their home opener. Jordan Montgomery who is feeling 100% for the first time in two years will start for the Yankees, while the Red Sox send Ryan Weber to the mound.
Both pitchers pitched a scoreless first inning to begin the game. Montgomery followed the 1, 2, 3 top of the first, with a 1, 2, 3 top of the second. Aaron Hicks led off the bottom of the 2nd with a leadoff walk to bring up Luke Voit, who hit his first grand slam last night in Baltimore. Voit flew out to the right field for the first out, and Urshela hit a loud fly out to the center-field warning track for out number two. A walk to Brett Gardner was followed by a ground out by Kyle Higashioka to end the second inning.
Leading off the third inning, Michael Chavis hit a home run (1) to left-center field to put the Sox up 1-0. Following a Jackie Bradley Jr strikeout, Jose Peraza and Kevin Pillar each singled. J.D. Martinez hit into an inning-ending double play to end the third. Down 1-0, DJ LeMahieu led the bottom of the third off with a single into center field to bring up Aaron Judge. Judge hit an opposite-field home run (3) over the center-field wall to put the Yankees on top 2-1. He has now hit a home run in three straight games.
Rafael Devers was hit by a Jordan Montgomery pitch to lead off the fourth inning and Xander Bogaerts hit a line drive single to put two men on with no out. Christian Vasquez struck out looking, and Alex Verdugo hit a dribbler back to Montgomery, but Montgomery bobbled the ball to load the bases (E1). With the bases loaded, Michael Chavis hit a ground ball to Gio Urshela who went around the horn to double up Chavis to end the inning and avoid damage. Gio Urshela led off the bottom of the fourth, hitting his first home run of the year, an opposite-field shot to right to put the Yankees up 3-1.
After Higashioka hit into a fielder’s choice, Phillips Valdez relieved starter Ryan Weber, who came in and ended the fourth inning. Montgomery pitched a very solid top of the 5th and set the Sox down in order. A single by Gleyber Torres was all Valdez gave up in the home half of the 5th, getting three straight ground balls afterward. A walk and double play followed by a single by Bogaerts ended Jordan Montgomery’s day and Chad Green replaced him who came in and ended the inning on a ground ball.
With two outs and a man on in the bottom of the sixth, DJ LeMahieu singled on a ball to right field to bring up Judge with two men on. Judge took two big hacks on the first two pitches before swinging on a low strike to end the inning, another solid inning by Phillips Valdez. After a scoreless top seventh, Austin Brice replaced Valdez and worked a groundball out to Torres. Stanton was hit by a pitch, but was caught stealing after an Aaron Hicks strikeout.
Chad Green started the eighth by striking out both Peraza and Pillar, and was then replaced by Adam Ottavino who got J.D. Martinez to fly out to center. Colton Brewer replaced Austin Brice in the bottom of the eighth. Luke Voit walked and Tyler Wade pinch ran for the Yankees. Wade made it to third with one out when Brett Gardner hit his first home run of the year to make it 5-1 Yankees.
Jonathan Holder replaced Ottavino for the 9th, and despite a walk to Xander Bogaerts, finished out the game. Jordan Montgomery secures his first win since April 21st, 2018. The teams will battle again tomorrow when Zack Godley goes up against Masahiro Tanaka, who will be making his first start of the year.
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