It had been over two years since Jordan Montgomery pitched a game like this.
After a slow come back from Tommy John surgery and then waiting through the coronavirus pandemic and having his start shuffled by the Marlins’ COVID-19 outbreak, Montgomery was sharp as he held the Red Sox to one run over 5.2 innings Friday night.
It was a moment he had waited a long time for and it could not have come at a better time for the Yankees. After a rough first week, the Yankees rotation behind new ace Gerrit Cole has yet to settle in. J.A. Happ made a good recovery after a troubling first two innings on Thursday. James Paxton not only got battered Saturday by the Nationals, but admitted he has not had that top-flight velocity since having back surgery in February.
So Montgomery going out and pitching well was reassuring for the Yankees.
“I thought he was good. It was really good to see him make some really quality pitches to some good hitters when he was behind in the count, but he had a little bit everything going,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “I actually didn’t think he was necessarily quite as sharp as he was, in the exhibition game. That said, I thought this stuff was good.
“Again, it’s all the mix that we’ve been seeing a couple of different fastballs and the ability to cut it. And then the change up and the curveball, which he didn’t use the curveball a lot tonight. But a little bit later on, it became a factor for him.
“To spend a long time coming back from [Tommy John], I am proud of him getting back and, to get us to outs into the six and be pretty pitch efficient was exciting.”
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