From the third inning on, Jordan Montgomery was pretty good. The problem was what happened in the first two, specifically the second.
The Yankees’ starter allowed all six Twins’ runs the in the second inning. That one bad patch was really all that went wrong for the Yankees. (Well that and the fact that they only scored one run.) That six run inning put the Yankees in a hole they could not get out of. The Twins took the game and the series with a 6-1 win.
Montgomery worked in and out of a jam in the first, and looked like he might do the same in the second. He allowed a pair of hits, but got two outs and was close to getting out of another inning damage free. However, that’s when all the bad stuff happened. A Zack Granite single scored two runs, putting the Twins on the board. Montgomery then allowed a walk, a single, and a home run to Miguel Sano. That broke open the game and put the Yankees in a 6-0 hole.
After that, Montgomery did settle down and managed to get through six innings. He ended up allowing seven hits and a walk, but only one came after the second inning.
The Yankees finally got on the board in the seventh inning. With Clint Frazier on after a single and Austin Romine on after a hit by pitch, Todd Frazier came up for his first Yankee at bat. That ended in a strikeout, but Brett Gardner’s at bat ended in a single. The longer tenured Yankee Frazier scored and the Yankees got on the board.
Chad Green threw a scoreless seventh inning before Tommy Kahnle made his Yankee debut in the eighth. He was impressive, retiring the side and striking out two.
In the top of the ninth, Todd Frazier reached base after getting hit by a pitch on the hand. He was looked at by the trainers, but remained in the game. We’ll see if anything comes of that. Other than that, nothing notable happened in the inning, the the Twins sealed a 6-1 win.
Now the Yankees will swing back out west for a series against the Mariners. A west coast series is what started this bad run, maybe one will cure it? We can hope.