NEW YORK -- It was the third inning and Jordan Montgomery stood near the top of the Citi Field mound on Tuesday, seemingly confused by the unwelcome visitor approaching. Greeting manager Aaron Boone, who was extending his right hand to claim the baseball, the left-hander mouthed: “Why?”
A brief explanation followed; Boone patted his hurler’s chest as something of an apology, though the five runs already on the scoreboard told the tale. Montgomery permitted early homers to Starling Marte and Eduardo Escobar and the Yankees couldn’t catch up, dropping the Subway Series opener to the Mets, 6-3.
“I wanted to be out there, but I sucked,” Montgomery said. “Obviously, I needed to be pulled. But I was ready to throw as many pitches as necessary.”
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