In his last two starts, Jordan Montgomery had trouble keeping the Yankees in ball games. However, he had probably one of his best starts as a Bronx Bomber on Tuesday night, and was in line for a win. If only the bullpen hadn’t blown the game and sent the Yankees to a devastating 6-2 loss.
Montgomery allowed one run in the seventh inning before the Yankees turned things over to Adam Warren. Unfortunately, Warren allowed the go-ahead run on a two-run shot off the bat of Jorge Bonifacio. Joe Girardi felt Montgomery was tiring, and Montgomery admitted he wouldn’t have done anything differently, especially since he trusts the usually dominant Yankees bullpen.
“I trust those guys coming out of the bullpen. I trust them all,” Montgomery said after the game. “They’re doing the best to execute pitches. They’ve been so great throughout the year already. Nobody’s perfect. Win as a team, lose as a team.”
It was the second time in Montgomery’s young career that he went deep into the seventh inning, and it was the first time he allowed less than two runs in any start. Despite that, Montgomery was confident his struggles had nothing to do with him being merely 24-years-old.
“I haven’t really wavered in my confidence,” he said. “I know what I can do.”
He was so impressive, even Kansas City Royals starter Danny Duffy was in awe.
“He’s out there and he’s beyond his years and it’s fun to watch him compete,” Duffy said from the Royals clubhouse.
Montgomery has proven to be quite impressive, which is why he’s currently in the Yankees rotation. If only the bullpen could have held on and got the young rookie the win.