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How did Jordan Montgomery pitch in Diamondbacks debut?

Starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery made his expected debut for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday, getting through six innings with one earned run against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park in a 17-1 victory.

Arizona’s offense, meanwhile, tied a franchise record with 22 hits after being shutout on Thursday.

Montgomery faced 22 batters and allowed four hits with no walks in his first MLB start since Game 2 of the World Series for the Texas Rangers. He threw 78 pitches, 54 of which were for strikes, consistently generating weak contact.

The left-hander was recalled from Triple-A Reno for the game as he used two starts with the Aces to recharge after signing for $25 million the day after the season opener in Arizona. Montgomery and Giants starter Blake Snell made for a fitting match, as both of Scott Bora’s clients signed late to cost them spring training – Montgomery has switched agencies.

Montgomery started his Diamondbacks stint with three scoreless innings before Giants designated hitter Jorge Soler led off the fourth with a solo shot โ€” San Francisco’s first home run at Oracle Park this year.

The left-hander finished a 1-2-3 first inning with three ground outs and left a runner on third base with one out in the second. He caught catcher Tom Murphy watching a seventh-pitch curveball that ended up in the inside corner at the knees, a key out with one down in the second.

Montgomery retired nine of his last 10 batters, with a bloop single by Nick Ahmed being the outlier.

Snell didn’t fare as well with five earned runs.

Arizona’s offense yielded nine hits in 4.2 innings against the 2023 NL Cy Young winner, three from Ketel Marte, who is red-hot (.345 average).

Blaze Alexander and Randal Grichuk each picked up two hits off Snell, each with an RBI double.

The run support helped Montgomery record its first Diamondbacks victory.

The D-backs saw an opportunity with Montgomery still on the market ahead of Opening Day. Montgomery’s debut was as advertised for one of the most consistent branches of the MLB since the 2021 season.

โ€œWere excited. Look, he’s an experienced Major League pitcher. Everyone in this market saw him pitch against us in big situations last year,โ€ general manager Mike Hazen said Wolf & Luke from Arizona Sports this week. โ€œWe are happy to have him. I think he will add a level of stability to our rotation that is critical above 162.โ€

Only Ryne Nelson and Zack Godley pitched at least six innings with one run or fewer, four hits or fewer and no walks in their Diamondbacks debuts.

Ketel Marte’s performance

Marte collected his second four-hit game this week, as he finished Friday’s game 4-for-6 with a double and an RBI. It was his eleventh four-hit game in his career.

The last Diamondbacks player with a five-hit game was David Peralta in 2021.

Hitting was contagious, as all nine starters hit and eight got more than one. Alexander hit a grand slam in the eighth inning for his third extra base hit of the evening.

The D-backs had not scored 20 goals in a game since 2019.