The Yankees had just two hits and struck out nine as they fell to the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday afternoon, 5-1.
Here are some takeaways…
– At the start of the third inning with a runner on first and two out, manager Aaron Boon was ejected by the plate umpire for arguing over balls and strikes after DJ LeMahieuis at bat. Former Yankee Jordan Montgomery then scratched Gleyber Torres for the final out of frame.
–Gerrit Cole continued to deal with the third, as he didn’t let a blow by blow hurt him, and forced the reigning NL MVP Paul Goldschmidt on the ground to come out of the inning and make it a scoreless game.
Cole dropped a brace for Nolan Arenado at the end of fourth, while he would then move on to third on Alec Burlesonis simple on the right. Beginner Jordan Walker then drove Arenado with a line drive down the center, giving the Cardinals a 1-0 lead. Andre Knizner made it a 2-0 game with an RBI single, but Cole escaped the jam with a late-inning double play by Antoine Volpe.
–Montgomery went five hitless innings after going a fifth 1-2-3 with two strikeouts. Montgomery’s no-no was spoiled in the bottom of the fifth with two outs, as Torres doubled down the right field line. Torres then stole the third, but Giancarlo Stanton flew out to end the scoring chance.
At the top of the seventh, Isiah Kiner-Falefa reached first on a passed ball after a strikeout, then advanced to second on Volpe’s sack bunt. Jake Bauer got the Yanks on the board with a double to make it a 2-1 game. Montgomery finished after 6.2 good innings, allowing just one run on two hits with six strikeouts and three walks.
–Cole’s day ended after 98 pitches in six innings of work, as he allowed two runs on six hits with five strikeouts and two walks. jimmy cordero replaced Cole on the mound late in the seventh and left a two-run homer for Brendan Donovan as the Cards took a 4-1 lead.
The Cardinals veered on another run late in the eighth as Kyle Higashiokathird’s throw went wide, allowing Dylan Carlson to score and make it a 5-1 game.
– Volpe hit a two-out single in the top of the ninth to extend his hitting streak to six games.
The Yankees begin a four-game series with the Baltimore Orioles Monday at 7:05 p.m.
german domingo will make his first start since the fourth perfect game in Yankees history and face Tyler Wells for the O’s.