Jordan Montgomery’s gem wasted in Yankees’ ugly loss

For the primary time in over a month, the Yankees gave Jordan Montgomery run assist Thursday evening.

It got here within the type of only one run, however Montgomery took it and made it rise up anyhow as he left with a lead after throwing 5 ⅔ shutout innings, with a 55-minute rain delay blended in.

Nonetheless, as they’ve made a behavior of doing to him these days, the Yankees let Montgomery’s efforts go to waste. This time it got here in excruciating trend because the bullpen blew his one-run lead within the seventh, a two-run lead within the ninth after which one other one-run lead within the tenth because the Pink Sox rallied to sink the Yankees 5-4 at Fenway Park.

“I’m nonetheless fairly sick to my abdomen proper now,” Montgomery mentioned. “It’s only a powerful one. We felt like we had a superb probability of successful and simply form of misplaced it.”

Jordan Montgomery
Jordan Montgomery
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Montgomery turned in one in every of his greatest begins of the season, limiting the Pink Sox to only three singles and one stroll whereas placing out six. With the Yankees bullpen depleted, after the 2 starters earlier than him lasted solely 4 innings apiece, he labored into the sixth inning earlier than the prolonged rain delay took its toll on him.

The left-hander had escaped a jam within the third inning however in any other case cruised via the fourth earlier than the tarp got here onto the sector within the high of the fifth. A 55-minute rain delay ensued, however the Yankees saved Montgomery within the sport, regardless of going an hour and 13 minutes between his final pitch of the fourth and his first pitch of the fifth.

“I simply tried to maintain my adrenaline going,” Montgomery mentioned. “Transfer round, I did an additional warmup after which threw off the mound. However my legs bought actually heavy within the sixth.

“I used to be trustworthy with [Aaron] Boone, advised him to have somebody prepared and I’d empty the tank.”

Montgomery threw a 1-2-3 fifth inning and recorded two fast outs within the sixth earlier than permitting a Bogaerts single on his 83rd pitch of the evening, at which level Boone went to the bullpen.

Over his final 5 begins earlier than Thursday, Montgomery had been strong with nothing to indicate for it. Throughout that stretch he went 0-4 whereas giving up 13 runs in 28 ⅓ innings (4.13 ERA), with the Yankees not scoring a single run for him whereas he was within the sport.

Montgomery lastly bought the smallest little bit of assist Thursday and did all he may to show it right into a win, solely to look at all of it collapse as soon as the bullpen took over.

“Each time I’m on the market, I actually imagine we’re going to win,” Montgomery mentioned. “We win quite a lot of my video games and I’m all the time going to present us an opportunity. Simply put my eyes on my subsequent begin and be able to do it once more.”

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