April 24, 2017

Former USC Pitcher Will Make MLB Debut For The Yankees

13 April 2017, 01:51 | Simon Arnold

Brett Gardner falls to the ground after colliding with Rickie Weeks Jr

Brett Gardner falls to the ground after colliding with Rickie Weeks Jr

Pineda pitched two-hit ball over 7e_SEmS2/3 innings Monday and left to a standing ovation in the Yankees' 8-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

Pineda's bid for a flawless game ended one batter later, when Evan Longoria lined Pineda's 75th pitch of the night - a first-pitch slider - into left field for a clean double.

The point isn't to diminish Pineda's brilliance on Monday, when he turned the Stadium atmosphere electric with frenzied anticipation by taking a ideal game into the seventh inning, mowing down the first 20 Rays' hitters on a gorgeous April afternoon in the Bronx. He struck out a team-high 207 and led the AL with 10.6 strikeouts per nine innings.

Aaron Judge hit the game-tying home run in the eighth inning, and Starlin Castro lined the tiebreaking single in the ninth after two more walks.

Sumter's Jordan Montgomery will make his Major League debut with the New York Yankees on Wednesday, starting on the mound in their 1 p.m. contest against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium.

2nd in American League East, Tampa Bay Rays (5-3) is up against 4th in American League East, New York Yankees (3-4) today. Fortunately for NY, a big ninth inning rally propelled a huge come from behind win yesterday and sent them back to NY with something to feel positive about.

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"When Gardy caught that ball, that's the loudest I've heard it here in a long time", said Yankees catcher Austin Romine, who had watched Pineda retire all 20 Rays to that point.

It's performances like Monday that give the Yankees' brass hope that Pineda will win a lot of games the rest of the season. NY also altered its rotation and announced LHP Jordon Montgomery will start Wednesday while RHP Luis Severino, RHP Masahiro Tanaka and LHP CC Sabathia will be pushed back an extra day. Montgomery tossed four flawless innings to close out a combined no-hitter with two other pitchers before making two starts.

"It's good for us to have a game like this before going home and playing in front of our fans", manager Joe Girardi said.

Pineda's ability to miss bats with his mid-90s fastball, slider and changeup is the reason NY has been so patient with him.

That's what earned him this start at Yankee Stadium. Snell holds 2-1 with a 1.80 ERA in four career starts against the Yankees.

Montgomery threw five strong innings with High-A Tampa on Thursday, allowing one unearned run and striking out eight.

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