Montgomery makes debut in 8-4 win over Rays

Yankees @ Rays
FINAL: Yankees 8, Rays 4
WIN: Bryan Mitchell (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
LOSS: Jumbo Diaz (0-1, 3.60 ERA)

On Wednesday afternoon, all eyes were on Jordan Montgomery as he made his Major League debut. Despite one mistake, he was filthy against the Tampa Bay Rays lineup, and the Yankees offense was able to back him up late in the game, leading to a 8-4 win at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York.

The Yankees got on the board in the bottom of the fifth on a bases loaded walk by Aaron Hicks, and a wild pitch during Matt Holliday‘s at-bat. In the bottom of the sixth, Aaron Judge hit a RBI single, Brett Gardner reached on a throwing error, Jacoby Ellsbury singled and Hicks hit a RBI ground out. Gardner would later leave the game after a brutal collision with Rickie Weeks. The Yankees later tacked on two more insurance runs on a Judge home run.

Montgomery went 4.2 innings pitched, giving up three runs on five hits while striking out seven. Mitchell relieved Montgomery and pitched 1.1 scoreless innings. Tyler Clippard pitched a scoreless inning, Tommy Layne gave up a run on two hits in his inning of work, Jonathan Holder retired a batter and Aroldis Chapman retired two batters.

What’s Next?

— It’s the series finale between the Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays as the Yankees go for the series sweep. Luis Severino will start for the Yankees and Matt Andriese will start for the Rays. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. and the game will air on the YES Network.

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6 Responses to Montgomery makes debut in 8-4 win over Rays

  1. Jerry says:

    I thought Montgomery had Longoria struck out in the first inning, the umpire did not ring him up and he ended up walking before Weeks took Montgomery deep to make it 2-0. I thought he pitched very well and it was an auspicious debut for the young lefty. Look forward to his next start.

    • Olie says:

      I saw the same thing but guys in booth never even commented on it so I thought I was wrong. He had Longoria on 3 pitches. I don't think there should be any question that he's there to stay, appears to have it all!

  2. Terry says:

    I thought he pitched really well. I mean he could have been a little more economical but first time out the chute, awesome. As a huge starting pitcher fan, I of course have to call BS on Joe taking him out before 5 complete. I know he gets paid the big money to make those decisions and it worked out good. But 5 is a big number for pitchers, give a shot at the decision even if it works out differently. I thought he could've went another out, he struck out Kevin K and Longo in the inning. Weeks got him in the first but he bounced back from it well. Can't wait for his next start. Judge and that bomb? Ridiculous!!!!!

  3. Jim says:

    Monty looked excellent, he threw 61 strikes for his 89 pitches. Joe lifted him when he did as he hit 89 pitches. Next game he'll be allowed 100 pitches if he is pitching OK. When he got in some trouble, he pitched out of it.

    Other great news, Judge has 6 Ks in 29 Plate appearances. Only a 21% Strike Out rate.
    Headley may have more hits already than he had through May last year.

  4. Howard says:

    I like the guile of this kid.
    He is in out up down in the zone.
    And the next time he tries to bust inside, he will get the pitch there because he learned a valuable lesson on the Weeks homer.
    I enjoyed his quick pace and three of his four pitches were working nicely.
    He will learn from this and apply and I think we have a keeper with Jordan Montgomery.

    • Jerry says:

      I also loved the quick pace, gets the ball back and is ready to pitch, that's what takes time off of games. The players in the field love it and the fans.

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