The Yankees scored five runs off Cubs starter Brett Anderson in the first inning and staved off a late rally by the Cubs to hold on for an 11-6 win in the second game of a three-game series at Wrigley Field. >> Click here for the full box score.
Jordan Montgomery allowed two earned runs on just three hits in six and 2/3 innings of work for the Yankees. Tommy Layne allowed three runs in relief, but Adam Warren got the final four outs for New York.
Aaron Hicks and Starlin Castro homered for the Yankees and combined for seven hits on the night. Gary Sanchez, Didi Gregorius, and Brett Gardner each had two hits.
Chase Headley added an RBI double for the Yankees and totaled two RBI on the night.
I fully believe that an exhilarating comeback win with one strike left before succumbing to the opposition bleeds into the next game. The Yankees, already in the midst of a hot streak, used yesterday's win to put an early exclamation point on this one in the first inning.
After the Yankees stormed out to a five-run first inning, Montgomery pitched quite well. The rookie went straight to work allowing the Cubs to put the ball in play, trusting his ability to generate ground balls, which included two double plays.
Montgomery has pitched like a player deserving of a long leash in this rotation, especially if he can begin to limit the number of walks he allows. In fact, it looks like the 24-year-old Montgomery has a chance to cement himself into the starting five for years to come.