For Jordan Montgomery, deja vu all over again and not in a good way. In his previous start against Houston, he made one mistake which was hit for a 3-run HR, and the Yanks only scored one run.
Against KC last night, he made one mistake which was hit for a 3-run HR, and the Yanks scored just one run in a 5-1 loss. The Yanks are now 24-14, and still hold a 1 1/2 game lead in the AL East.
Montgomery gave up 2 runs in the second, and here some wildness and bad defense hurt him. He walked two batters, but with one out, got what appeared to be a DP ball. But Starlin Castro’s throw on the pivot bounced and Chris Carter didn’t come up with the scoop. That play should have and has to be made. Instead of an inning-ending DP, Montgomery then, instead of getting out of it, gave up two hits for two runs before finally getting out of the inning. So the Yanks gave KC 2 runs and essentially the game, there.
In the third, the big mistake, a 3-run HR to Moustakas.
Didi Gregorius RBI single in the ninth averted the shutout.
The Yanks struck out 14x. Jacoby Ellsbury and Aaron Judge had 2 hits each.
Montgomery (L, 2-3, 4.81) 5 IP, 5 R, 4 H, 3 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Green 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 6 K. 0.00.
It’s too early, but the way Green pitched last night, you may start to wonder if he may have put a little pressure on Montgomery as far as that rotation spot is concerned.