Yankees down White Sox for eighth straight win
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[April 18, 2017]
NEW YORK -- The last time the
New York Yankees won eight in a row, Jordan Montgomery was a
19-year-old freshman pitching for the University of South Carolina
in the midst of the pressure-packed College World Series.
A few mistakes and it could all end for Montgomery and his team.
Nearly five years later, Montgomery found himself on the mound
Monday night at Yankee Stadium with the Yankees off to their best
start in seven years and dealing with the pressure of facing major
Montgomery kept it rolling by taking a shutout into the seventh
inning, and Matt Holliday and Aaron Judge hit long home runs as New
York ran its winning streak to eight games with a 7-4 victory over
the Chicago White Sox.
"I know it's not pitching in Yankee Stadium, but pitching in the
College World Series is a pretty big deal," Yankees manager Joe
Girardi said. "There's a lot of pressure and there's a lot of
emotions. You have to learn how to control that. He had been through
that and I felt that would help him."
"He pitched great," Holliday said. "He's got poise. He pitched at
South Carolina. You get one of these people that comes from big-time
college programs, he's got poise beyond his years. I'm sure he will
credit that a lot to pitching in big games in the SEC for a school
like South Carolina."
The Yankees are on their first eight-game winning streak since
putting together 10 straight victories June 8-18, 2012. Three days
after the streak ended, Montgomery combined on a three-hitter
against Arkansas to keep South Carolina alive in the
"It's pretty similar," Montgomery said. "I think I'm a little more
mature now to go out there and know my game plan and know what I'm
going to try to do."
There were no prospects of elimination Monday.
Instead, the Yankees wanted to see Montgomery produce better
fastball command and more efficiency with his pitches in his second
start after he threw 87 pitches in 4 2/3 innings Wednesday against
Montgomery produced both as he allowed three runs and seven hits in
six-plus innings. He lost his shutout bid when Yolmer Sanchez hit a
three-run homer on his 88th and final pitch, but he showed plenty to
the Yankees, who first began noticing him during spring training.
"We knew he was a good young pitcher, but I think our plans were he
was going to probably start in Triple-A, and continue to develop,"
Girardi said. "But he continued to pitch well and continued to shine
and pitched his way through."
In his debut, Montgomery allowed a two-out, two-run homer to Rickie
Weeks in the first inning. This time, he escaped trouble in the
first by getting Jose Abreu and Avisail Garcia with runners at
second and third.
"First innings are always tough for me, I just got to settle in and
find my tempo," Montgomery said.
Two innings after escaping trouble, Montgomery gained a 5-0 lead.
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Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (right) is congratulated after
hitting a two run home run against the Chicago White Sox during the
fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA
Holliday hit a 459-foot, three-run homer off Derek
Holland (1-2) over the visitor's bullpen and into the left-center
field bleachers. Chase Headley made it 4-0 with a double down the
left field line and scored on Aaron Judge's infield single to the
hole at shortstop.
Two innings later, the Yankees led 7-0 on Judge's fourth home run, a
385-foot shot over the left-center field wall.
"They're a club that grinds out at-bats," Chicago manager Rick
Renteria said. "They're a club that also, when they put a barrel on
the baseball, they can hit it out of the ballpark. They did that
The only suspense occurred in the ninth when the White Sox made it
7-4 on Kevan Smith's double. It forced the Yankees to bring in
Chapman gave up a single to pinch-hitter Leury Garcia but on the
next pitch notched his fourth save when Tyler Saladino hit into a
While Montgomery pitched effectively, Holland turned in a subpar
start for Chicago. Holland fell to 1-7 against the Yankees by
allowing seven runs (six earned) and 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings.
"I left the hitters leaving their eyes a little in sight," Holland
said. "I have to make the adjustments. I wasn't getting the calls
inside. I have to adjust to that. Overall, I didn't do a good job of
executing the way I wanted to."
NOTES: Chicago 3B Todd Frazier (stomach flu) missed his second
straight game. Manager Rick Renteria said Frazier is feeling better
and able to hold down food. ... Before the game White Sox LHP Jose
Quintana addressed offseason trade speculation about him coming to
the Yankees by saying: "I heard a lot of rumors, but rumors are
rumors, and I don't pay attention. I hear about a lot of things, but
if you are a player, you don't have control over that." ... Yankees
SS Didi Gregorius (strained right shoulder) still remains on target
to start rehab games this week, though manager Joe Girardi did not
know the exact date. ... The Yankees traded RHP Johnny Barbato to
the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash considerations or a player to be
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