A’s waste another solid Montas performance in loss to Yankees originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
The Athletics wasted yet another solid effort by Frankie Montas in their 2-1 loss to the New York Yankees on Tuesday night.
Montas held baseball’s top offense to two runs over six innings and struck out seven but still took the loss due to the lack of run support from his teammates — again.
“Frankie pitched great again,” A’s manager Mark Kotsay told reporters after the loss. “And [he] continues to go out and give us a chance to win in these games. Obviously, it’s tough for him to go out and know he hasn’t gotten a lot of run support again tonight, he pitched six innings of great baseball against a good team, a good lineup and gets a loss for it.”
What would appear to be a frustrating situation to any pitcher, Montas understands that his team is trying to score runs. And his focus isn’t on pitching to get run support, it’s pitching to get outs.
But what does Kotsay tell Montas to help encourage him when the runs aren’t coming in?
“You don’t have to encourage Frankie, Frankie’s a beast,” Kotsay said. “He’s going to keep pitching, he’s a leader on our staff and a competitor. He knows where we’re at, offensively we’ve had our struggles with scoring runs, and this pitching staff has done a good job, the bullpen did a great job tonight keeping [the score] at two … so we’re going to continue to show the fight that we have all season.”
Not only did Montas face one of the toughest assignments in the league, but he faced one of the hottest hitters in baseball right now, AL MVP frontrunner Aaron Judge.
Montas struck out Judge not once, not twice, but three times on Tuesday. Some of the calls were a bit controversial, but Montas is the first pitcher this season to strike Judge out three times in one game.
“He’s pretty good, he struggled a little bit,” Montas said of Judge after the game. “But I can’t take credit for him. He’s one of the hottest hitters right now. He had a tough night, but that doesn’t mean he’s not good.”
The A’s got fans at Yankee Stadium on the edge of their seats for the second night in a row when a late rally resulted in the lead being cut to one.
But Yankees reliever Clay Holmes retired Tony Kemp on a groundout that secured New York’s second win over the A’s.
Sure, it’s back-to-back losses at Yankee Stadium, but they’ve also come against the best team in baseball. And the A’s did what they could, at the very least, making it interesting.
Oakland’s offense has one more chance to wake up and avoid a series sweep on Wednesday.