Jordan Montgomery’s dominance with the Cardinals has reached such a level that now he barely remembers being traded from the Yankees.
Montgomery, who was shipped to St. Louis before the July trade deadline, threw a penalty area in the seventh inning to stay undefeated on homers from St. Louis, Lars Notebar and Tommy Edman, while The host Cardinals defeated the Chicago Cubs 8-0 on Friday night.
Things have gone so well for the 29-year-old Montgomery that he couldn’t help but have a good time with reporters after his latest win.
“What deal?” Montgomery asked with a smile. “I don’t remember. I turned the page. I’m happy to be here, every five days I want to go out and win.
Montgomery is now 8-3 with a 3.15 ERA and has improved to 5-0 with a 1.47 ERA since being acquired from the Yankees on Aug. 2. He gave up two hits to lead seventh-inning strikeouts Zach McKinstry, Nick Madrigal and Seiya Suzuki before reliever Jordan Hicks.
While that could change, the Yankees are now losing this deadline deal. Harrison Budd, the fast center fielder the Yankees acquired in the trade, is still out. He is currently recovering from a foot injury (plantar fasciitis).
As for the Cubs, they must be tired of facing Montgomery. The southpaw spread out seven hits and hit two, and went just two in the win, extending his scoreless streak against the Cubs to 22 innings. He beat them 1-0 at Wrigley Field on Aug. 21 and went seven scoreless innings earlier in the season as a member of the Yankees.
“I just executed a lot of pitches and threw three pitches for a strike,” he said. “So, I’ll keep doing it.”
Cardinals star third baseman Nolan Arenado said, “He’s a great fit here. We’re glad he’s here, he’s the Cardinals.”
“I can’t believe he’s here. It’s amazing. We’re lucky to have him,” he said.
The NL Central-leading Cardinals, who have won five of their past six games, scored final-inning homers from Nootbaar and Edman to break an otherwise close 3-0 run. Nootbaar’s 11th homer and Edman’s 12th came from Cubs backup Sean Newcomb.
The Cubs had plenty of chances, but went 0 for 9 and the runners were in scoring position. Manager David Rose could not explain why his club struggled so much against Montgomery.
“Tonight, it was a little different. I think he was very dominant the two times before we faced him,” said Rose, whose club have lost five of their last six. “It didn’t look like he had the best stuff and command, but he found a way to have two seams and get people to roll over. He just did a good job of throwing us off balance.”
— with AP