(Rich Quiñones) – The New York Yankees look to get back to their winning ways and close out the first-half of the season on a high note, when they open up a three-game set against the Milwaukee Brewers Friday night in the Bronx.
New York, which has dropped two straight and four of five, will send Jordan Montgomery (6-4, 3.62 ERA) to the hill.
He has won four of his last six outings, but did not factor into a decision his last time on the mound. He will be opposed by Junior Guerra (1-3, 4.93 ERA), who has dropped two straight for Milwaukee.
The Yankees (44-39) will try to get the bitter taste of Wednesday loss to the Blue Jays out of their mouths against a red-hot Brewers squad.
The Brewers (48-40) enter the contest having won four straight and seven of eight overall.
Despite Aaron Judge’s major-league leading 29th homer, New York could not hold the lead late, as Dellin Betances struggled once again, forcing in the go-ahead run and suffering the loss in the process.
Judge will look to close out his remarkable first half of his rookie campaign in style.
New York’s star right-fielder tied Joe DiMaggio’s club record for home runs by a rookie — before the All-Star break — with his two-run blast Wednesday.
He currently leads the majors with 29 homers.
DiMaggio set the Yankees rookie mark back in 1936., while Judge reached it in New York’s 83rd game of the season.
First pitch is slated for 7:05PM.