In the fifth consecutive start, the Yankees failed to score a single goal while Jordan Montgomery was on the mound.
The Yankees have lost four of their most recent outings, including Friday’s 4-0 defeat to the Red Sox in The Bronx, when Montgomery missed three runs in six innings.
When asked about the lack of running support, Montgomery said: “I’m not worried about that. I’m just trying to do my job better every time I go on the pitch and try to keep us.”
He missed three runs in the second inning, which was “impossible,” Montgomery added.
It put the Yankees in an early hole that their makeshift roster, without Aaron Judge and Gio Urshela (both on the COVID-19 injured list), can not escape.
Montgomery’s start on Friday after the Yankees decided not to push all of their starting pitchers back a day after Thursday’s adjournment.
Domingo German, who was scheduled to start the game on Thursday, threw a goalless seventh inning on Friday and could start Tuesday against the Phillies.
Gerrit Cole will be on the field on Saturday, after an extended seven-day break.
Cole thinks the extra time off is beneficial after he threw 129 throws in his previous outing, when he was about to get sick.
“I think at different times of the year there are pluses and minuses,” says Cole. “In some cases, you need seven days, sometimes, you don’t. At this point, from getting sick and getting started like that, a few more days is appreciated. “
Other times, Cole said, you can lose feeling on your court, which the Yankees hope isn’t the case as Cole is nearing the end of a completely dominant game in Houston.
Jameson Taillon is scheduled to begin Sunday to wrap up the Red Sox series in The Bronx.
The strange absence of Clint Frazier still shows no sign of unraveling.
He has been on the injury list since July 2 with what the team initially called dizziness, which was later ruled out.
Boone said the midfielder is “still undergoing a focus check on his vision, how his eyes move and how it affects his vision”.
They tried new contacts, according to Boone, who added that “bigger, more serious things will be ruled out.”
Miguel Andujar is still dealing with “aching pain” in his strained left wrist. He received a cortisone shot on Friday that would shut him down for a few days, according to Boone.
Boone added that the Yankees “don’t feel he’s gone too far.”
Justin Wilson continues to be a waste in his return to the Yankees.
The left-handed player gave up to JD Martinez in the eighth round. It was the fifth homer allowed by Wilson in just 15²/₃ innings this season, and his ERA rose to 8.62.
The Yankees held a moment of silence before Friday’s game for Dick Tidrow, who died Wednesday. He played for six years with the Yankees and was part of the team that won the 1977 and 1978 World Series. Tidrow, 74, also served as a scout for the Yankees.