Frankie Montas was excited to pitch in front of the Yankee Stadium crowd for his first time in pinstripes, but by the time the second inning ended, the feeling wasn’t mutual.
Montas allowed five runs in the second inning as his rough start to his Yankee tenure continued, allowing six runs over six innings in a 9-2 loss that halted all momentum from Josh Donaldson’s walk-off grand slam the night before.
“I feel like I was missing my spots, and they’re a really good team,” Montas said. “When you miss spots against a really good team, you pay the price.
“I wasn’t making good pitches. I wasn’t making competitive pitches.”
Montas was effective outside of his disastrous second inning, but ultimately, it wasn’t enough to carry over the promise he built from his last start, when he allowed two runs over five innings against the Red Sox.
“I just feel like that second inning was the one that got me out of the game,” Montas said. “But other than that, I felt like I threw the ball pretty well.
“As a pitcher, you want to go out there and do your best.”
But Montas knows that Thursday night wasn’t his best, which spoiled his introduction to the Bronx crowd.
“Lot of emotions coming into Yankee Stadium, of course,” Montas said. “I want to go out there and do my best. This is not my best. I’m gonna go out there and give it 100 percent every time, and that’s what I’m trying to do right now.”
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