Jordan Montgomery spent the season establishing himself as one of many Yankees’ most constant starters.
However in his greatest begin of the 12 months, the lefty went off the rails for the worst outing of his profession.
With the Yankees nonetheless combating for a wild-card spot on the penultimate day of the common season, Montgomery allowed a career-high three house runs and 7 earned runs in a 12-2 loss to the Rays on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.
“Nobody’s perfect. They’re bound to happen out of 30 starts,” Montgomery stated. “It just sucks. I wanted to give our guys a better outing.”
Montgomery lasted simply 2 ²/₃ innings in a nightmare of a begin. By the point supervisor Aaron Boone lastly pulled him within the third inning, the Yankees trailed 7-1 and Montgomery was booed off the mound as he took the lengthy stroll to the dugout.
Two of the three house runs he allowed had been three-run pictures by the left-handed hitting Brandon Lowe. Coming into Saturday, Montgomery had allowed simply two house runs to left-handed batters all season (in 136 plate appearances).
“Usually I do pretty well against lefties,” Montgomery stated. “But he got to one of my fastballs on that first one and then just left a changeup up and he was able to pull it. … Just pride myself on getting lefties out. But Lowe’s a good hitter and put two good swings on them. Just gotta be better next time.”
Each of Lowe’s homers went to the brief porch in proper discipline — at estimated distances of 349 and 344 ft — however each had been smoked. The primary put the Rays up 3-0 within the first inning and the second pushed their result in 6-1 within the third. Lowe later added a 3rd house run, a solo shot off Michael King.
After Lowe’s second house run, Mike Zunino went back-to-back with a solo shot to left discipline, making it 7-1.
The abbreviated begin put a pressure on the Yankees’ bullpen, needing to cowl 6 ¹/₃ innings with one other crucial sport looming Sunday — and both a doable tiebreaker Monday or a wild-card sport Tuesday.
Earlier than the clunker, Montgomery had given up 10 earned runs throughout 5 begins and 28 ¹/₃ innings towards the Rays this season. However that they had his quantity from the bounce Saturday.
“Just couldn’t throw strikes,” stated Montgomery, who walked three and threw 44 of 71 pitches for strikes. “Got behind in some counts and didn’t execute many pitches.”