Jordan Montgomery needed to wait virtually three years to pitch in entrance of followers at Yankee Stadium as soon as extra, properly previous what he and his teammates went by way of in the middle of the COVID-affected 2020 advertising and marketing marketing campaign.
Montgomery reminded these followers in The Bronx of the excellent start to his profession sooner than Tommy John surgical process in 2018, hurling six shutout innings throughout the Yankees’ 7-0 victory Monday evening time over Baltimore.
The 28-year-old lefty scattered 4 singles and walked none, whereas hanging out seven, sooner than Aaron Boone modified him with Luis Cessa with a seven-run result in start the seventh. Cessa and Aroldis Chapman achieved the four-hit shutout by combining for the last word 9 outs.
“Warming up, I might hear [the fans], however as soon as I received on the market I form of blocked it out and was zoned in,” Montgomery acknowledged. “Simply attacked the hitters with 4 completely different pitches. Was within the [strike] zone quite a bit and was in a position to develop once I wanted to.”
Montgomery, who was supported by a solo homer from Aaron Decide and a grand slam by Giancarlo Stanton, was sharp and setting pleasant all by way of first residence start with followers in attendance (albeit merely 9,008) since April 26, 2018, in direction of Minnesota.
He’d injured his elbow in his following outing in Houston and underwent Tommy John surgical process in June, sooner than returning for 2 freeway appearances (one start) in late September of 2019.
Mongtomery moreover endured a shaky first full season once more from surgical process remaining yr, ending 3-2 with a 5.11 ERA in 10 begins. He moreover made one start throughout the ALDS in direction of Tampa Bay, working 4 innings of one-run ball throughout the Yankees’ Sport 4 victory.
The South Carolina product was notably sharp Monday evening time collectively together with his changeup and curveball, recording 5 of his seven strikeouts on these two pitches. In all, he threw 55 of his 73 pitches for strikes.
The Orioles had only one runner attain third base in direction of Montgomery, nevertheless he retired Ryan McKenna on a grounder to transient with runners on the corners for the third out.
“Pounded the zone. I feel I seemed up at one level and he had 40 strikes and 13 balls,” Boone acknowledged. “Us outdated, broken-down ballplayers, from the side I watch guys and suppose how I would want carried out in direction of him.
“Monty to me is the kind of man I might not have appreciated to face. I simply really feel like when he’s controlling the strike zone, you get plenty of tonight.”