Montgomery (2-2) took the loss Wednesday as the Cubs fell 1-0 to the Brewers, allowing one run on two hits and a walk over six innings while striking out four. He threw 53 of 79 pitches for strikes before being lifted for a pinch hitter in the seventh inning. Montgomery's one real mistake got deposited in the seats by Lorenzo Cain in the third to account for the game's only run. The left-hander's been outstanding since moving into the rotation, giving up only three runs in 23.2 innings (1.14 ERA) with a 14:3 K:BB over four starts, and the Cubs may have a dilemma on their hands once Yu Darvish (triceps) gets healthy. Montgomery will next take the mound Tuesday at home against the Dodgers.
Montgomery (2-1) surrendered one run on seven hits and one walk while striking out one across six innings Friday as he picked up the win against the Pirates. Montgomery allowed the Pirates to take a 1-0 lead in the first inning, but he was able to settle down and put together a quality start. In all three starts this season, he's allowed one run or fewer. Montgomery figures to remain in the rotation until Yu Darvish (triceps) returns from injury, which figures to be at least a few more weeks.
Cubs manager Joe Maddon confirmed Montgomery would make his next start Friday against the Pirates, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports. Yu Darvish has yet to resume throwing since landing on the disabled list May 26 with triceps tendinitis, so Montgomery will be awarded a third straight turn through the rotation. Though he has provided only a 5.33 ERA and 5.3 K/9 while working out of the bullpen this season, Montgomery has dramatically raised his production in his two starts. He has allowed just one run on four hits and one walk over 11.2 innings while striking out nine.
Montgomery didn't factor into the decision in Saturday's 7-1 extra-innings win over the Mets, allowing one run on two hits and a walk over six innings while striking out four. The left-hander impressively dueled Jacob deGrom to a standstill over six innings, throwing 53 of 76 pitches for strikes before handing things over to a Cubs bullpen that chalked up eight scoreless innings of its own before the offense broke through in the 14th. Montgomery will next take the mound Friday at home against the Pirates as he continues to fill in for Yu Darvish (triceps).
Montgomery will start Saturday against the Mets, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports. With Yu Darvish (triceps) still shut down from throwing, Montgomery will be afforded at least one more turn through the rotation. The southpaw held his own in a spot start against the Pirates earlier in the week, tossing 5.2 scoreless innings while allowing just two hits and striking out five.