The stage at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx is bigger than Founders Park in Columbia, S.C., but former Gamecocks left-hander Jordan Montgomery didn’t look much different in his first MLB game than he did as a collegiate pitcher.
In his first action as a big leaguer, he allowed 3 runs, 2 of which were earned, on 5 hits in 4 2/3 innings. Montgomery also struck out 7 and walked 2.
. @Gumbynation34 gets an ovation from the home crowd.
Final line for his debut: 4.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R (2 earned), 2 BB, 7 K. (89 pitches) pic.twitter.com/ZRdiHK0Gst
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) April 12, 2017
The home crowd in New York loved it, giving Montgomery a standing ovation as he left. Montgomery exited the game trailing 3-0. The Yankees rallied during the next 2 innings to tie the score, so Montgomery will receive a no-decision.
That’s not bad for an MLB debut. Although it’s unfair to expect Montgomery to average more than a strikeout per inning all the time — he’s never done that in a minor league season — he went 14-5 with a 2.52 ERA in Double-A and Triple-A combined last year. In his best season with the Gamecocks, Montgomery went 6-1 with a 1.48 ERA in 79 innings as a sophomore.