The New York Yankees don’t usually bother to win much on June 1, but they didn’t apologize Tuesday night for enjoying such a much-needed victory.
The Yankees will try to get at least one division in a four-game series Wednesday night, when they plan to host the Tampa Bay Rays in the third game of the set.
Jordan Montgomery (2-1, 4.22 ERA) plans to take the Yankees ’mound against Shane McClanahan of the Rays (2-0, 3.29) in a left-wing battle.
The Yankees got a four-game losing streak Tuesday night when Clint Frazier hit the two-run homer in the 11th inning to lift New York to a 5-3 victory.
Frazier’s homer was cathartic for the Yankees, who left the winning race in second place in ninth and third in 10th. His final shot was just the Yankees’ fourth hit in their last 28 bats with runners in scoring position, a stretch that included a weekend at the hands of the Detroit Tigers, who entered Tuesday with the third-worst record in the the American League.
The five races for the Yankees were one less than those scored in the previous four games combined. New York has scored more than four runs just eight times in 24 games dating back to May 6th.
“I felt good: it’s a feeling I’m sure I won’t forget just about what we’ve experienced as a team (and) individually,” said Frazier, who raised his average to .185. “We needed that win. Viously, obviously, we have to take advantage of it and show up (Wednesday) and try to get another ‘W’ that is a little easier than that.”
The defeat ended in a five-game winning streak for the Rays, who lost only for the second time in 18 games. The defeat cost Tampa Bay a chance to become the first team to win 17-1 in an 18-game game, as the Yankees did from April 21 to May 9, 2018. .
On Tuesday, the Rays failed to hit six Yankees relievers in the final six innings, though they tied six walks and stranded five runners in a scoring position.
“We did a good job getting the guys to the base and walking,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “But the great success shunned us for whatever reason.”
Montgomery ignored the decision in his most recent start last Thursday, when he allowed three runs in 4 2/3 innings as the Yankees beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 5-3, in the second doubles game. McClanahan got his second professional win last Thursday after giving up three hits in five innings without a score as the Rays won 7-2 at the Kansas City Royals.
Montgomery is 2-3 with a 4.97 ERA in nine career starts against the Rays. McClanahan, who is making his seventh major league game, has never opposed the Yankees.
–Media at field level