One pitch later, the ideal game ended when Evan Longoria lined a clean double to left field. The hype centered on Pineda and Montero, the latter a 22-year-old thumper who was had hit.288/.348/.467 with 18 homers at Triple A and then a torrid.328/.406/.590 with four homers in 61 plate appearances for the Yankees.
Anthony Rizzo hit a game-winning single off Kenley Jansen in the ninth inning, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 after raising a World Series championship banner for the first time at Wrigley. "I feel good, though", Pineda said.
To say that Pineda's tenure with NY has been uneven would be an understatement, and the start of the 2017 season has been more of the same for the 28-year-old right-hander.
Montgomery struck out nine and allowed just three hits and no earned runs in five innings in a High-A warm-up start last week.
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Posey was doing well after being struck by a 94 miles per hour fastball in the first inning Monday, a scary moment in San Francisco's 4-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks during its home opener.
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. It just adds an unnecessary layer of pressure to the pitcher and team.
"The facilities are a lot better than they are on the road", third baseman Chase Headley said.
"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. He had a 3.20 ERA at the end of the Spring, which included pitching four hit-less innings during the Spring Training no-hitter against the Detroit Tigers. It's ongoing. Montgomery is getting the first chance to show what he can do as the fifth starter and he'll have to pitch well to keep the job.