Aaron Boone ejection is every Yankees fan reacting to Frankie Montas start


You want to blame Isiah Kiner-Falefa’s eighth-inning error? Go ahead. The offense going 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position and leaving 11 runners on base? Yup! Keep it coming! The bullpen was terrible. Frankie Montas was worse. The New York Yankees blew it against the Milwaukee Brewers and were bad.

Manager Aaron Boone kept his cool until he couldn’t anymore. In the top of the ninth with a runner on third and one out, Miguel Andújar watched ball two come in on off the outside corner, but it was called strike three. That killed an at-bat the Yanks badly needed to potentially take the lead.

Instead of derailing the game, though, Boone waited for Kyle Higashioka to fly out to center before exploding on the umpiring crew. Perhaps he was hoping that’d light a fire until his team heading into the bottom of the ninth, but sadly it didn’t.

The Yankees lost because Clay Holmes was once again bad and IKF once again couldn’t have a clean day at shortstop. Holmes allowed a leadoff double and then walked two batters before giving up a walk-off single. The inning prior, IKF booted a backhand attempt at a grounder in the hole that allowed the tying run to score with two outs.

Boone was better off in the showers for the ninth inning because he had seen enough up until that point. At least Yankees fans got a show after having to watch such a brutal loss.

Aaron Boone blowing a gasket, Frankie Montas disappointment sums up Yankees loss

A lot of fans take aim at Boone, but he’s out there showing fire as often as he possibly can. And he wasn’t the one to blame for this one. He put Aaron Hicks in the lineup and the outfielder went 2-for-4 with a run scored!

If we’re to rank the detrimental performances of the night, No. 1 goes to Montas, who has been downright awful and very clearly the wrong call by general manager Brian Cashman. He better hope Harrison Bader is the “missing piece,” because swapping Jordan Montgomery for Montas has been nothing short of a disaster.

Montas was spotted a 5-0 lead against a solid but unspectacular Brewers’ offense. But his lack of confidence with his pitches and unwillingness to attack hitters doomed him once again. Did scouts even watch this guy before telling Cashman to pull the trigger? Or was this yet another case of the Yankees “being tricked” by a guy who performed in an empty Oakland Coliseum but can’t stomach one inning in front of the New York media?

The right-hander lasted just 3.1 innings, allowing four earned runs on four hits and four walks. He struck out just two and threw 79 pitches in yet another terribly inefficient outing that forced Boone to plunder the bullpen.

Montas walked Jace Peterson and Garrett Mitchell before being removed. Do you know who those guys are? His two free passes to Andrew McCutchen are far more acceptable, but the walks issued to Peterson and Mitchell directly resulted in runs being scored. Can’t do that against the seven and nine hitters if you’re expected to be a No. 2 or No. 3 playoff starter (not anymore, though!).

How can he be trusted in a postseason outing? That’s what he was acquired for! Not only does Montas force the game to progress at a snail’s pace, which undoubtedly benefits the opposition, he’s now 1-3 with a 6.35 ERA, 4.92 FIP, 1.54 WHIP, 33 strikeouts and 15 walks in his eight starts (39.2 innings) with the Yankees. He’s hit five batters and hurled three wild pitches after logging just one and three in his previous 104.2 innings of work.

Another deadline whiff. And you have to imagine that agonizing performance played a role in Boone blowing a gasket.