Yankees’ Jordan Montgomery: ‘I let the team down’

New York Yankees, Jordan Montgomery
Apr 21, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery (47) pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

On a day in which he was given a huge run support even before making a pitch, New York Yankees’ starter Jordan Montgomery just didn’t have it. On Sunday, the Bombers once again dropped the series finale after dominating in the previous games and lost to the Baltimore Orioles 10-6.

The loss was surprising, since Aaron Judge hit his fourth homer of the series, and Gary Sanchez and Clint Frazier went back to back. Dropping the game after such a power showing is disappointing, to say the least.

The Yankees’ left-hander was uncharacteristically spotty with his command and just couldn’t finish hitters. His day ended after throwing just 76 pitches in three innings, proof of his inefficiency on Sunday. He allowed five runs in total, on six hits.

“I’m going to have to look at it tomorrow and re-evaluate, try and get better,” Montgomery said to the Yankees official site.

The Yankees’ starter was also a little wild

The damage came in the first, when Ryan Mountcastle and Pedro Severino each had RBI hits, and in the third frame, in which he was hurt, among other things, by two of his own wild pitches.

“A lot of things could have gone differently today,” Montgomery said. “It sucks because the hitters really gave me a lead. I let them down.”

“Baseball can be like that,” Sánchez, who is starting to hit the ball better, said through an interpreter. “Sometimes you get ahead of hitters, you have them in a spot where you can put them away, you execute a pitch — and they end up hitting it.”

For the season, Montgomery has a 4.75 ERA and a 3.97 FIP in eight starts and 41.2 frames.

Sunday’s start was particularly disappointing for the Yankees’ lefty because he was coming off dominating the Tampa Bay Rays in an outing that included nine strikeouts.

Nevertheless, the southpaw will regroup and try to bounce back this week when he takes the ball again.