What looked like a sure win for the Yankees turned dicey once Jordan Montgomery handed it over to the Yankee bullpen.
Montgomery turned in one of his best starts of the year, allowing just one run on a Todd Frazier solo home run. He allowed just four other hits, one walk and struck out eight batters. The bullpen had a tough time keeping it together after that.
The Yankee offense scored at least six runs for the second consecutive day. Tyler Austin recorded two RBIs on a sacrifice fly in the fourth and a solo home run in the sixth. Ronald Torreyes and Austin Romine each hit sacrifice flies too, in the fourth and sixth, respectively. Chase Headley added an RBI single on his 3-for-4 night.
Jonathan Holder entered in the eighth, and looked to be out of the inning on a double play ball. But, second baseman Rob Refsnyder, who entered when Starlin Castro was injured, pulled Austin off first base with his throw. Joe Girardi then brought Dellin Betances to strike out Frazier and put out the fire.
In the ninth, things unraveled to make the final frame quite uncomfortable. Chasen Shreve allowed consecutive singles, and then Tim Anderson hit a three-run home run to make it a 6 to 4 game. Enter Aroldis Chapman. The closer gave up a single to Melky Cabrera who scored on a double by José Abreu. But, Chapman beared down to get a ground out and fly out to end the threat.
Castro went down in the third inning with what was diagnosed as a strained right hamstring. Reports indicate that he will be headed to the disabled list, and the Yankees will promote utility player Tyler Wade to take his place. Wade, the Yankees No. 11 prospect, has been training at every position except for catcher and first base for the Yankees. The club has not confirmed the move yet.
The move has caused a ripple effect through the Yankee farm system. No. 4 prospect Jorge Mateo was promoted to AA Trenton to replace Abiatal Avelino, who is headed to AAA Scranton to replace Wade.