Betances, Montgomery make season debuts in Yanks loss – USA TODAY

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Betances, Montgomery experiment is focus of Yankees whimper
Share All sharing options Share All sharing options for: Bullpen unable to hold lead, Yankees drop series finale to Blue Jays Reddit Pocket Flipboard Email Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports The Yankees made the decision to use their depth in this series against the Blue Jays, culminating in the finale this afternoon. Chad Green reprised his role as the opener, followed by a pair of pitchers getting their first looks in 2019: Jordan Montgomery and Dellin Betances. The latter returned in strong form, but the former got into trouble quickly.

Green picked up two strikeouts in his one inning of work, turning it over to Montgomery. The left-hander is in an interesting sport roster-wise, where the team is looking ahead to 2020 for him but he has an opportunity now to impress and possibly pitch in the postseason. Unfortunately he had a rough look in his debut. The first two batters of the second were retired on fly outs, but Brandon Drury started a rally with a double to left. Billy McKinney scored Drury on a single to center, and Richard Urena slapped another double to left to put the Blue Jays ahead early.

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Montgomery came out for a second inning, but couldnt escape unharmed. Randal Grichuk worked a 2-0 count on Montgomery and lifted a ball at the top of the strike zone into the stands in right field for a solo shot. Monty managed to get the final two batters he faced out, but the early results may have shot down his postseason hopes.

The Yankees may have lost to the Blue Jays on Sunday (TOR 6, NYY 4), but at least, they gained back some players from their absurdly long injured list. Reliever Dellin Betances and starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery both made their respective returns to the mound during Sundays game. Montgomery made his 2019 debut after undergoing Tommy John surgery last year, and Betances made his 2019 debut after dealing with multiple shoulder and lat injuries over the past few months. Heres the final numbers for both pitchers:

Bullpen unable to hold lead, Yankees drop series finale to Blue Jays

Betances took over for Monty to begin in the fourth inning, and got right down to business. The right-hander was held to only two batters due to a pitch count limit, but he managed to strike out both batters he faced. He wont save his streak of five consecutive seasons with 100+ strikeouts, but if Betances is on point after a lengthy rehab he can be another weapon for Aaron Boone to deploy in October.

Nestor Cortes Jr. took the baton after Betances and ended the fourth cleanly, but got knocked when he returned in the fifth. Bo Bichette got a one-out infield single, and Cavan Biggio worked a six-pitch walk to move him into scoring position. Grichuk struck again, launching another home run to left that put Toronto ahead for good.

The Toronto Blue Jays ended up walking it off against the New York Yankees in 12 innings Friday night, but it came at a cost. Blue Jays left-handed reliever Tim Mayza entered last night's game in the 10th inning, but unfortunately, it was short-lived. On the eighth pitch of the at-bat against Didi Gregorius, Mayza immediately went to a knee in pain after airmailing the throw.

The Yankee offense was productive, but not good enough to bail out the pitching. Aaron Judge started the scoring with a solo shot in the first inning off of Wilmer Font, but the rest of the bats were quiet the first time through the order. Tyler Wade turned over the lineup with a single in the third against new pitcher T.J. Zeuch, and showed off his wheels scoring on a DJ LeMahieu double. Didi Gregorius scored LeMahieu on a base hit of his own, and the Yankees briefly regained the lead.

Despite being used as a situational lefty for most of the season, Mayza was a huge part of this bullpen now and moving forward. Unfortunately, the Blue Jays won't have his services until the 2021 season rolls around.

Zeuch managed to bring the Yankee lineup into a lull afterwards. New York didnt get a hit again until Austin Romine led off the seventh with a double. Zeuch got one more out before handing the ball over to Derek Law, who got LeMahieu to hit a groundball to third that Urena threw away. Romine scored on the play and the Yankees got within two runs, but couldnt find another opportunity. The Blue Jays walked away the victors, winning 6-4.

It definitely didnt go great, but Im healthy and I went out there and got my feet wet,” Montgomery said after allowing three runs on four hits over two innings in a 41-pitch return. I definitely have stuff to work on in the next week. I had a lot of guys in good counts and then Id throw a loopy curveball instead of finishing it and spiking it. Ive got to finish pitches.

The series concludes the Yankee road trip, which still ended positively with a 6-4 overall record. New York returns for their final homestand of the regular season with their eyes on clinching the AL East for the first time since 2012, and theyll begin with a series against the Angels on Tuesday.

The Yanks had a very short leash on Betances, but the 6-foot-8 righty still showed a lot. Reese McGuire led off the Blue Jays fourth and was rung up on a 95-mph fastball that painted the outside corner, then Brandon Drury was set down on three pitches, the last one a Betances trademark slow curve that dropped in for a low strike.

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