Jordan Montgomery allowed one run in five innings and Austin Romine and Brett Gardner delivered run-scoring single as the Yankees beat the Blue Jays, 3-1, on Wednesday afternoon in Dunedin >> Click here for the full box score
Montgomery allowed six hits while walking one and striking out four during his five innings of work, lowering his ERA for the spring to 3.20
Austin Romine, Gardner, and Judge all had run-scoring singles as they provided all the offense.
Meanwhile, Chris Carter continued to struggle, going 0-for-3 with a strikeout.
Montgomery showed that he can remain in control despite allowing some hard hit balls. Differing from his other appearances, Montgomery had to limit damage and he was successful in doing that.
Montgomery's performance aside, the Yankees will wait to make any determination as to their fourth starter until after the remaining competitors take the hill in the team's final exhibition games. Manager Joe Girardi announced the club would not name a fifth starter until it gets closer to the first time they need one -- April 16.
In my view, Montgomery pitched well enough this spring to grab either of the two spots. One reason to make him the fifth starter would be to see how he and whoever does not gain the fourth starter spot fares in minor league appearances before the necessity for a fifth starter arrives. An ancillary benefit to that would be delaying Montgomery from accruing service time and thus prolonging team control.
Even if Montgomery fails to land a starting role early in the season, he has done enough to warrant a chance if the club requires a starter at any other point this season.
The Yankees face the Phillies in Clearwater, FL. on Thursday at 1:05 p.m.
RHP Luis Severino gets the start for the Yankees.