It was far from a warm welcome for newly acquired New York Yankees starting pitcher Frankie Montas, who got slammed in a 12-9 road loss to the St Louis Cardinals.
Montas, who was traded from the Oakland Athletics before the deadline, struggled mightily, giving up six runs over the first two innings, including four at bats from Nolan Arenado.
Arenado collected an RBI single in the first inning to nullify a Yankees first run, and after the visiting team took a 4-1 lead in the second frame thanks in large part to a two-run batting bat in from the favorite AL MVP Aaron Judge, it all started to fall apart.
Dylan Carlson’s RBI brace started the rally and cut the margin to 4-2, a sacrifice fly from NL MVP favorite Paul Goldschmidt made it 4-3, then Arenado connected on a three-run homer to lead 6-4 after two innings.
Montas would be fired to start the fourth frame, finishing with numbers of six earned runs on five hits and three walks in his 64 pitches.
To the Yankees’ credit, they refused to fold, Judge driving in two more runs with a double in the fifth inning to tie the game at 6-6, but the Cardinals continued to respond right away, adding three more runs from their own down the fifth.
The Yankees cut the lead to 9-8 again, but Paul DeJong ended the game in the eighth inning with a three-run homer to grab a game-winning break.
Overall, the teams combined for 21 runs from 27 hits, with Arenado going three-for-five at home plate with four RBIs, and Judge going two-for-five with four RBIs. Judge now leads the majors in RBIs with 97, two ahead of New York Mets slugger Pete Alonso.
DeGrom makes his point as the best pitcher in the game
It was feared that injuries could rob New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom of his status as the sport’s most elite pitcher, but he continued to dispel that myth on Sunday in his team’s 5-2 win over the Braves. from Atlanta.
DeGrom, in his second start of the season, retired 12 of 19 batters he faced, finishing with two earned runs on one hit and one walk in five and two-thirds innings.
In five innings, deGrom had a perfect game with 10 strikeouts, but was pulled in the sixth after his first walk of the game was followed by a Dansby Swanson home run to cut the Mets lead to 5. -2, with both relievers keeping things aimless the rest of the way.
Rays pull off an unlikely late rally
With two outs in the top of the ninth inning, there had yet to be a run in the Tampa Bay Rays’ road game against the Detroit Tigers, before an incredible offensive explosion saw the Rays win 7-0.
The Rays as a team gave up just three hits and no walks as six pitchers combined beautifully, while the Tigers relied on Matt Manning to get them through most of the game, throwing seven scoreless frames for seven base runners and seven strikeouts.
In the ninth inning, after two outs, the Rays hit back-to-back batters resulting in a double, three walks, a single, a double and another single as seven straight batters reached base.