Jordan Montgomery had to wait nearly three years to pitch in front of fans at Yankee Stadium again, well beyond what he and his teammates went through during the COVID-affected 2020 campaign.
Montgomery reminded those fans in The Bronx of the excellent start to his career before Tommy John surgery in 2018, hurling six shutout innings in the Yankees’ 7-0 victory Monday night over Baltimore.
The 28-year-old lefty scattered four singles and walked none, while striking out seven, before Aaron Boone replaced him with Luis Cessa with a seven-run lead to start the seventh. Cessa and Aroldis Chapman completed the four-hit shutout by combining for the final nine outs.
“Warming up, I could hear [the fans], but once I got out there I kind of blocked it out and was zoned in,” Montgomery said. “Just attacked the hitters with four different pitches. Was in the [strike] zone a lot and was able to expand when I needed to.”
Montgomery, who was supported by a solo homer from Aaron Judge and a grand slam by Giancarlo Stanton, was sharp and efficient throughout first home start with fans in attendance (albeit just 9,008) since…