TORONTO — Jordan Montgomery spent most of last season and early this season pitching well without much support from his teammates.
The Yankees are catching up quickly.
The way he throws, Montgomery hasn’t needed most of the runs the Yankees have scored for him lately, but he wasn’t complaining after a 12-3 win over the Blue Jays on Friday. evening at the Rogers Centre.
“I wouldn’t say I ever got used to it, but I love it,” Montgomery said with a chuckle.
The southpaw did his part, limiting a powerful Blue Jays formation to two runs on three hits and one walk in six good innings while striking out five. And even after briefly losing control in the second inning to give the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead, his offense allowed him some breathing room later in his outing.
The Yankees have scored more than six points for Montgomery just four times in his 30 starts in 2021, but they’ve eclipsed that mark four times in his last five starts.
“Just get out and back as fast as you can so they can keep hitting,” Montgomery said.
After his last solid outing, Montgomery now has a 2.72 ERA in 13 starts. He’s been particularly effective in his last five starts, going six or more innings in each and allowing no more than two runs.
“I’m starting to get really comfortable moving around the mound,” Montgomery said. “Able to throw double seams down and far consistently, especially even in the fastball count, throw double seams aggressively and get balls on the ground and let the defense work.”
Montgomery hit Alejandro Kirk with a pitch to start the second inning, then walked Teoscar Hernandez on four pitches. But he retired the next two batters, and even after giving up an RBI single to Gabriel Moreno, he turned on cruise control from there. The only other blemish on his night was a solo home run by Kirk in the sixth.
“A little more of the same, really,” manager Aaron Boone said. “His mix is really good right now. Maybe he didn’t rely on the ball breaking as much, no more change of lead cutter tonight. But everything was really good. It’s a tough training for him to go through with anyone who’s really good
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