The Yankees breathed some life into Yankee Stadium today with a 5-3 win over the Brewers. The team also announced that starters Jordan Montgomery and Luis Cessa were being optioned to Triple-A. Hold on, it’s not what it sounds like.
The Yankees news coming out of the Bronx today couldn’t have been more timely and any better. Luis Severino turned in a seven-inning quality start surrendering three runs while striking out ten. More good news followed when Dellin Betances and Aroldis Chapman entered the game with the Yankees trailing, shutting down the Brewers with two perfect innings that included striking out five of the six batter they faced.
But that isn’t it. Because in the bottom the ninth with two on, Clint Frazier, who was hitting below the Mendoza line before this at-bat, smashed a three-run walk-off home run that sent the sounds of Sinatra’s, New York, New York rippling through the Stadium and the Yankees home with a much-needed win.
Say what, who’s going down?
The day also included some baffling news I couldn’t believe at first, as the Yankees announced they were sending arguably their best starter over the last month, Jordan Montgomery, along with Luis Cessa down to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Say what?
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But then, Brian Cashman proved why he is the Yankees GM, and I’m not when the team’s wisdom became apparent. With the All-Star Break coming up, neither pitcher is needed until after play resumes.
Ben Heller and Jonathan Holder are needed more as arms out of the bullpen. Girardi assures that Montgomery at least will be recalled and slide right back into his role when the Yankees face the Red Sox at Fenway next weekend.
I found it!
Meanwhile, Frazier was busy explaining to NJ.com how hitting coaches Alan Cockrell and Marcus Thames found a loophole in his swing and 300 swings in the cage fixed it:
"“I wasn’t gathering my weight on my backside well,” he said. “I was coming off of it really quick and kind of lunging at the pitcher rather than sitting on the backside and swinging from my backside.“A great guy to watch is Judge. He does a really good job of keeping his weight on his backside. That’s why he hits the ball the way he does. So I’ll take a note out of his book and apply it to mine.”"
Hey, if that’s the magic potion, we’ll take it any way we can get it and as often as we can, too.
The Yankees have needed Frazier’s bat to come alive, especially with the absence of Starlin Castro, Matt Holliday, and Aaron Hicks in the Bombers lineup.
A win tomorrow will provide a huge lift to the team as they enter the break. Masahiro Tanaka will be called on to get it done. With three consecutive quality starts now, Tanaka needs to seal this deal for the Yankees, allowing the team’s five All-Stars to enjoy themselves in Miami with a clear head that suggests, maybe, we’ve got this thing after all.