It might not be the World Series, but Sumter’s Jordan Montgomery was the winning pitcher on the biggest stage in Triple-A baseball on Tuesday.
Montgomery, the former standout left-handed pitcher for Sumter High School, the Sumter P-15’s and …
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Montgomery, the former standout left-handed pitcher for Sumter High School, the Sumter P-15’s and the University of South Carolina, tossed 5-plus innings of 1-run ball to help the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders defeat the El Paso Chihuahuas 3-1 in the Triple-A Baseball National Championship Game at AutoZone Park in Memphis, Tenn.
Montgomery, who joined Scranton/WB the first of August, worked into the sixth inning. He tossed shutout ball through the first five innings, allowing just three hits. El Paso got three hits from the first three batters in the sixth to push across its only run. The RailRiders bullpen shut the Chihuahuas down the rest of the way.
“They were just trying to hit fastballs,” Montgomery told NBC Sports Network, which televised the game, following its conclusion. “I made a couple of mistakes where they were able to get the barrel on the ball. Defense, the outfield ran down a lot of balls for me; the infield, they stopped them. It was a good team effort.”
Montgomery worked a scoreless top of the first and got a cushion in the bottom of the inning. Chris Parmelee hit a 3-run home run to give S/WB all of the runs it would need.”
“That was huge,” Montgomery said. “It takes a lot of pressure off the game. They’re a really aggressive team, so I tried to mix and keep them off balance as well as I could.”
Montgomery had a strong performance after a horrendous outing in the International League championship series against Gwinnett. The 6-foot-6-inch, 225-pounder didn’t get out of the first inning, recording just two outs. He was touched up for six hits and allowed three runs while walking one and striking out one in the RailRiders’ 7-4 loss.
“You always want to win your last start and go into the offseason with a good mindset,” he said. “It was huge, especially after my last outing, to go out there and mix, pitch and put my team in a good spot to win.”
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