There have been loads of questions surrounding Jordan Montgomery coming into his begin in Thursday’s Sport 4 of the ALDS.
It was the primary time the left-hander had taken the mound within the postseason. And Montgomery hadn’t pitched since his ultimate begin of the common season on Sept. 24.
Going through a workforce that knocked him out within the first inning on Sept. 2, Montgomery delivered simply what the Yankees wanted to prolong their season.
The 27-year-old allowed only one run in 4 innings — hardly the stuff of Andy Pettitte legend, however it’s 2020 and it was all of the Yankees have been on the lookout for from Montgomery.
“That was a big-time outing,’’ Aaron Boone stated. “He gave us simply what we would have liked to get it to the again finish of the pen and made some huge pitches when he wanted to most.”
Pitching with Kyle Higashioka behind the plate, Montgomery obtained a double play from Brandon Lowe within the first, cruised by the second earlier than operating into bother within the third.
That’s when Montgomery allowed a leadoff stroll to Willy Adames and a ground-rule double to Kevin Kiermaier. Montgomery got here again to strike out Mike Zunino in a wild at-bat.
After he obtained forward of Zunino 0-2, Montgomery threw three straight pitches within the grime, all brilliantly blocked by Higashioka earlier than Montgomery lastly obtained Zunino swinging on a 3-2 breaking pitch.
“I wasn’t gonna depart one hanging and let him depart the park,’’ Montgomery stated.
Yandy Diaz walked to load the bases and Lowe adopted with a chopper to the proper aspect of the infield that scored Adames on the forceout.
Boone stored Montgomery within the recreation to face the collection’ — and perhaps the world’s — hottest hitter in Randy Arozerana, and Montgomery obtained him to floor to 3rd to protect the one-run lead.
Montgomery remained within the recreation — no certain factor lately — and pitched round a leadoff single by Ji-Man Choi and a two-out stroll to Adames to toss one other scoreless inning.
“I might’ve cherished for 30,000 followers to be within the stands, however with the season being on the road, this workforce’s obtained extra combat,’’ Montgomery stated.