Montgomery didn't factor in the decision during Thursday's Game 4 win over the Rays after allowing one run on three hits with four strikeouts and three walks over four innings. The left-hander didn't have his best control as he delivered only 34 of his 62 pitches for strikes, but he was nonetheless able to limit the Rays to one run. It was a good showing in the first postseason outing of Montgomery's career, and the Yankees will need to win Friday's series finale for him to receive a chance on the mound in the ALCS.
Montgomery (2-3) took the loss Thursday as the Yankees were downed 4-1 by the Blue Jays, allowing three runs on six hits over 5.1 innings. He struck out eight without walking a batter. The southpaw threw 88 pitches (60 strikes) in a solid outing, but he simply got outpitched by Hyun-Jin Ryu. Montgomery finished the regular season on something of a roll, posting a 4.02 ERA and impressive 24:3 K:BB over his final three starts and 15.2 innings, but it remains to be seen how he'll be deployed in the postseason.
Montgomery allowed four runs on five hits and two walks while striking out seven across 4.2 innings in a no-decision against the Red Sox on Friday. Montgomery cruised through the first three innings, allowing just two hits while racking up four punchouts. He ran into some trouble in the fourth, however, allowing two singles before Christian Arroyo skied one over the Green Monster to give the Red Sox a 3-0 lead. Montgomery came back out for the fifth but was only able to record two outs before he was replaced by Luis Cessa, who promptly allowed an RBI double to Christian Vazquez that was charged to Montgomery as his fourth earned run. The southpaw owns a 5.12 ERA and 39:9 K:BB across 38.2 innings and will look to pick up his first win since Aug. 11 against the Blue Jays on Wednesday.
Montgomery didn't factor in the decision after giving up one unearned run on three hits with nine strikeouts and one walk over 5.2 innings during Saturday's 2-1, 10-inning win over the Orioles. It was the left-hander's most productive outing of the season as he surrendered only three singles, but he missed out on the victory since New York's offense had its own struggles. Montgomery has a 4.76 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 32:7 K:BB through 34 innings and lines up to face the Red Sox on Friday.
Montgomery allowed two runs on six hits and two walks over 3.1 innings in Monday's loss to Toronto. He struck out one batter and did not factor in the decision. While he walked just two batters, Montgomery struggled to find the strike zone Monday, throwing only 46 of 84 pitches for strikes. He allowed one run in each of the first two innings and had to hit the showers early due to his high pitch count; his 84 pitches were the second most he's thrown in an outing this season. Montgomery will carry a 5.72 ERA into Saturday's home start against the Orioles.
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