For a fifth straight start, the Yankees didn’t score a run while Jordan Montgomery was on the mound.
The Yankees have lost the last four of those outings, including Friday’s 4-0 defeat to the Red Sox in The Bronx, when Montgomery gave up three runs in six innings.
Asked about the lack of run support, Montgomery said: “I’m not worried about that. I’m just trying to do my job better every time I go out there and try to keep us in it.”
He gave up three runs in the second inning, which “can’t happen,” Montgomery added.
It put the Yankees in an early hole that their makeshift lineup, which was without Aaron Judge and Gio Urshela (both on the COVID-19 injured list), couldn’t escape.
Montgomery started Friday after the Yankees decided not to push all their starting pitchers back a day following Thursday’s postponement.
Domingo German, who had been scheduled to start Thursday’s game, pitched a scoreless seventh inning Friday and could start Tuesday against the Phillies.
Gerrit Cole will pitch Saturday, on extended seven days’ rest.
Cole thought the extra time off was beneficial after he threw 129 pitches in his previous outing, when he was coming off an illness.
“I think at different times of the year there are pluses and minuses,’’ Cole said. “In some cases you need seven days, sometimes, you don’t. At this point, coming off being ill and coming off that start, a few extra days are appreciated.”
Other times, Cole said, you can lose the feel of your pitches, which the Yankees hope is not the case because Cole is coming off a dominant complete-game shutout in Houston.
Jameson Taillon is slated to start Sunday to close out the Red Sox series in The Bronx.
Clint Frazier’s bizarre absence still has shown no sign of clarity.
He has been on the injured list since July 2 with what the team originally called vertigo, which has since been ruled out.
Boone said the outfielder is “still going through testing focused on his vision, how his eyes move and how it affects his vision.”
They’ve tried new contacts, according to Boone, who added “larger, more serious things are ruled out.”
Miguel Andujar is still dealing with “soreness” in his strained left wrist. He received a cortisone shot Friday that will shut him down for a few days, according to Boone.
Boone added the Yankees “don’t feel he’s too far off.”
Justin Wilson continues to be a wreck in his return to the Yankees.
The left-hander gave up a home run to J.D. Martinez in the eighth inning Friday. It was the fifth homer allowed by Wilson in just 15 ²/₃ 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 six years with the Yankees and was part of the 1977 and 1978 World Series championship teams. Tidrow, who was 74, also had been a scout for the Yankees.