Montgomery (5-5) got the win Tuesday, allowing one run on four hits and a walk while striking out eight against the Diamondbacks. Montgomery was sharp all night, with the lone blemish coming on a solo home run off the bat of Ketel Marte with two outs in the second. The southpaw lasted six innings for the first time since August 7 and notched a season high with the eight punchouts. He'll take a 3.75 ERA into Monday's home start against Pittsburgh.
Montgomery tossed four innings Thursday, allowing two runs on three hits and a walk in the 4-3 win over Washington. He struck out two and gave up a homer in the no-decision. Montgomery put up another lackluster start, his second straight outing allowing two runs and three hits across four innings. He allowed a solo homer to Spencer Kieboom in the third frame to open the game's scoring. On the year, the 29-year-old owns a 3.87 ERA and 74:37 K:BB in 111.2 innings. Montgomery will likely take on Arizona next Tuesday.
Montgomery will start Thursday against the Nationals, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports. Montgomery had his previous start -- which was scheduled for Sunday -- rained out, and the Cubs opted to skip his turn in the rotation with a key divisional series against the Brewers on tap. He'll slot back into the rotation during Thursday's makeup game against Washington, assuming it doesn't get postponed. The southpaw owns a serviceable 3.85 ERA and 1.38 WHIP with 72 strikeouts through 107.2 innings (34 appearances, 15 starts) this season.
Montgomery (4-5) allowed two earned runs on three hits and three walks over four innings to take the loss Tuesday against the Brewers. He struck out five. Montgomery pitched decently in this one, but the Cubs pulled him after 78 pitches, and the bullpen proceeded to allow nine runs over the final five innings in an 11-1 loss. The 29-year-old lefty doesn't always go that deep in games, but he's been solid for Chicago this year with a 3.85 ERA across 107.2 innings. Montgomery will aim for win No. 5 in his next start, which is scheduled for Sunday against the Nationals.
Montgomery (shoulder) was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list ahead of his start versus Atlanta on Thursday. As expected, Montgomery will return to action for the Cubs' make-up date in Atlanta after spending around two weeks on the DL due to left shoulder inflammation. Aside from a rough outing against the Padres, Montgomery has allowed just two earned runs over 17.1 innings during his other three starts since the All-Star break. The Cubs will announce a corresponding move in the coming hours to make room for the southpaw.