The Yankees apparently can only win 4-2. After the crappy play of the past few weeks, this team will win any way they can. Frankie Montas delivered his best performance as a Yankee, with significant contributions from Aaron Judge and the defense leading the way. This one went to the wire, but the Yanks pushed on for their third straight dub – all by a 4-2 margin.
The takeover of trade deadline Montas looked a bit shaky for the first few innings, allowing several batters in each to reach base. It looked like Wednesday was going to be a repeat of his first three forays into pinstripes, but the powerful right-hander nodded and managed to keep himself out of trouble by keeping the Mets off the board on both occasions.
At a time when the offense is scuffing, each batter must do their part to not get lost in the fray and keep their focus on the other phases of the game. You can easily change the path of a match with defensive play here and there, and that’s exactly what this team did for Montas tonight.
The former Athletic saw runners on the corners with one out in the top of the second inning, and it appeared that a long outing was not in the cards with 34 pitches and only four outs. Fortunately, Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Gleyber Torres turned this beautiful double play to keep the number of pitches at bay and the game scoreless.
Fast-forward to the fifth inning, and with the Yankees leading 2-0 that we will reach in a second, rookie Oswaldo Cabrera welcomed himself into the story. The 23-year-old was praised for his defensive flexibility, and while he had only three games of professional outfield experience before joining The Show, he recently robbed a home run in his first game on right field. Tonight, he played another great play to keep the Yankees ahead.
Starling Marte was at the plate with runners on second and third base, and a very real threat of a tie presented itself. Marte singled into rightfield and Cabrera set up a laser to throw out Brett Baty at the plate, leaving the Yanks ahead 2-1.
While those key defensive moves helped Montas through his outing, he left the mound with a bitter taste in his mouth, experiencing the opposite of what was just discussed. On his last pitch, his defense in the middle of the infield betrayed him.
Jeff McNeil doubled with two outs and appeared ready to drive in Pete Alonso, who was first, but the Mets first baseman stumbled while he was third. He went back to basics when Torres misread the game completely and tried to knock out McNeil between second and third, allowing Alonso to score easily.
A pitcher can only rely on his defense to save him so many times, and under normal circumstances Alonso scores easily on that game, but that doesn’t take the blame away from Torres (or Kiner-Falefa, who was in no man’s land), not second ). This was a game that demonstrated a lack of awareness and cost the Yankees both a point and the lead in a highly contentious affair.
On the offensive side of the ball, it was the Aaron Judge Show again, as the Yankees slugger hit his second home run in as many days, the fourth of his career against Taijuan Walker, also adding an RBI single into the bottom of the ball. seventh.
The blast marked number 48 on the season for number 99, and he passed Hall of Famer Dave Winfield and tied Mark Teixeira for 13th all-time in Yankees history with his 206th homer.
However, it was encouraging to see several batters contributing – mainly Benintendi who struggled to start his Yankee career but just delivered his third consecutive multi-hit performance. The former Red Sox nemesis showed off those contact skills that led the front office to pull him out of Kansas City on the deadline.
Before Judge lifted the Yankees’ lead to 4-2, it was Benintendi who delivered the go-ahead goal with a single into the opposite field off Bomber Joely Rodríguez in 2021.
That goal came right after a defensive miscue from the Mets, when Alonso returned the favor by turning around and failing to catch a Jose Trevino pop in shallow right flank that ended in a hit.
Tonight, the bullpen got a break for the off-day, as the first 8.2 innings were fully covered by Montas and the recently recalled Clarke Schmidt. The 26-year-old is a starter by trade and was stretched out in Triple-A, so he came in and threw almost the rest of the way as the Yankees grabbed the lead.
Schmidt was able to get out of trouble in the eighth, but not before Wandy Peralta stood up as a contingency plan. The same thing happened, when Schmidt almost took it out, but was unable to close the ninth. He loaded the bases after earning two outs to open the inning, with two walks sandwiched between an infield single by Brandon Nimmo.
Peralta came in with the bases loaded and faced Francisco Lindor and earned the rare one-out save by flying the Mets shortstop to Estevan Florial in midfield. The southpaw has been solid all year round and showed last year that he can win it against almost anyone, even Lindor and Freddie Freeman. Peralta did the job again for his seventh save of his career, securing the Subway Series sweep, a win for Schmidt and a three-game winning streak.
The Yankees can breathe tomorrow with a day off as they travel to the West Coast with an eight game lead over AL East on the Rays. New York will face the A’s in Oakland on Thursday, with Jameson Taillon likely to take the mound. Grab some coffee and tune in with us at 9:40 PM ET.