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The Yankees Drop Series Finale to Phillies

FINAL: Yankees 4 Phillies 5

WP: Guerra (1-0) LP: Montgomery (1-1) SV: Neris (2)

The Yankees dropped tonight’s game to the Philadelphia Phillies by a score of 5-4. Guerra (1-0) go the win for the Phillies, Jordan Montgomery (1-1) took the loss for the Yankees, and Neris (2) earned his second save of the season for the Phillies.

RECAP:

The Scoring started in the bottom of the first by a JT Realmuto three-run home run that put the Phillies ahead 3-0 early.

In the top of the second, the Yankees struck back for a couple runs on a Mike Tauchman single that scored Gio Urshela and Brett Gardner to pull the score within one run.

In the bottom of the third, the Phillies extended their lead on a Phil Gosselin double that scored Bryce Harper and JT Realmuto to extend their lead to 5-2.

The scoring stalled until the seventh inning when Gary Sanchez struck a two-run home run that scored Gio Urshela to bring the Yankees again within one run. It was 5-4 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning.

The score would remain the same throughout the remainder of the game and the Phillies would go on to win this one 5-4 as the Yankees and Phillies split their 4-game series 2-2, with the Phillies taking two of three in Philadelphia.

PITCHING LINES:

Jordan Montgomery (L, 1-1): 4 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR

David Hale: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO, 0 HR

Jonathan Holder: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO

POST-GAME REACTIONS:

AARON BOONE:

Yankees Manager, Aaron Boone met with the media following tonight’s game. Boone started by speaking on Jordan Montgomery’s performance tonight, stating that he had his hands full with this Phillies lineup and that his changeup showed some inconsistency and he was going deep into couples. Boone spoke on the couple mistakes Montgomery made to Realmuto who hit the three-run home run and Gosselin who had 2-RBI double off of Montgomery. Boone stating, however, that Montgomery finished a little better than he started and got more aggressive with his fastball. However, tonight he had a hard time putting guys away.

It’s been a struggle for Yankees starters to go deep into games. Boone stating that they’re hoping to get the guys built up better, including getting James Paxton rolling, however, the coaching staff needs to do a better job, according to Boone, on getting the starters going and getting them deeper into games.

The story of the night, however, was the Yankees bullpen, who gave up no runs and did a great job of holding down the Phillies and keeping the Yankees in the game. Boone said Hale and Holder did a great job.

Boone spoke specifically against Jonathan Holder tonight, stating the Yankees are excited about the way Holder is throwing the ball, including his really good characteristics of his fastball. Boone also stated that Holder’s secondary and changeup were really good tonight as well.

Gary Sanchez had a big at-bat tonight for the Yankees, with a two-run home run. Aaron Boone stating that Sanchez’s track record and talent as a hitter make his capable of a hit like he had tonight. Boone stating that even a couple of his strikeouts and his pop up to end the game, he had good swings. While Sanchez isn’t where he wants to be right now or where he needs to be, Boone stated he’s taking steps to get there at the plate, but is playing well behind the plate, Aaron Boone saying that he’s excited about Sanchez’ work behind the plate and that hopefully his home run tonight is another step closer to him getting to where he wants to be at the plate.

JORDAN MONTGOMERY:

Jordan Montgomery met with the media tonight after his outing. He echoed Aaron Boone in saying his changeup was inconsistent and that he made a few mistakes, but that his changeup was his best pitch tonight. Montgomery saying the hanger to Realmuto hurt him early and kind of set the tone for the game, stating that he either had a really good or a really bad inning tonight and that there wasn’t as much consistency as his prior starts this season.

Montgomery stated that yes he’s frustrated with the inconsistency, but that it’s a whole different pitch approach, stating that when he was attacking guys, he had pretty good results. “But I hate losing,” stated Montgomery, who said he’s going to do everything he can for five days from now when he next takes the mound.

GARY SANCHEZ:

Gary Sanchez also spoke with the media tonight after hitting the big seventh inning home run for the Yankees. Sanchez stating he was definitely due for that hit and that with the way things were going for him, he was definitely due. “It was a good time for me to put a good swing on the ball,” stated Sanchez. Gary stated he’s been doing a lot of work with his hitting coaches and concentrating on being in the zone, having a good rhythm at the plate and making sure his timing is where he wants it to be. “I was able to do that in my last couple of at-bats tonight,” stated Sanchez. Sanchez has been receiving some criticism from fans as of late with his recent struggles, he credits the support he has around him, including his manager and teammates, and the support they offer him having a lot to do with him getting through this rough season and slow start. Sanchez stated he is making adjustments and getting back in it.

Sanchez also stated that while his timing has been off and he’s not swinging at pitches in the zone, he is working on it and adjusting, however he feels as though if he’s struggling to contribute offensively, he can at least do an excellent job behind the plate.

Sanchez also spoke on Jordan Montgomery’s outing tonight, stating that they were battling out there tonight, had a couple pitches that were left in the zone, and they (the Phillies) were able to take advantage of those. Other than that, Sanchez stated that Montgomery did a nice job battling out there.

MIKE TAUCHMAN

Mike Tauchman, who’s had a strong series against the Phillies, also met with the media prior to tonight’s game, stating that not getting the win is frustrating, yes, and that it seemed like the Yankees were chasing that “one good hit” all night, but that they just have to keep battling and now get ready for tomorrow and this weekend’s series against the Rays in Philly.

Tauchman also stated tonight, when asked about the way he’s been performing, that his job is to be ready to play at all times and whatever happens from there is what it is. Tauchman had a great series against the Phillies, stating he’s been happy with his at-bats as of recent and that they’ve led to results early, so he wants to keep working to get to where he wants to be.

LOOKING AHEAD:

Following tonight’s game, the Yankees will head to their Spring Training home away from home, Tampa, Florida to take on the Tampa Bay Rays in a 4-game, 3-day series against the Rays that will include a 2-game doubleheader on Saturday at Tropicana Field. It will be Masahiro Tanaka taking the mound in game one of the series tomorrow night.

Written By

Alexis Farinacci is a baseball beat writer and social media editor for the Pinstriped Prospects. Follow Alexis on Twitter & Instagram: @alexisfarinacci .

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