Yankees win 3-2 in Judge's return

Aaron Judge made his return to the Yankees’ starting lineup today, going 0-for-4. He looked comfortable in the batter’s box, however, with a couple hard-hit line outs and a questionable non-check swing call with a 3-2 count. He also looked very smooth in right field, making a few catches throughout the day.
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J.A. Happ started the game for the Yanks, pitching tremendously as he almost always has since donning the pinstripes. Happ went six strong innings allowing only four hits and one unearned run. Happ has been stellar since coming to the Yankees, some would even say dominant, and I would say he’s my Wild Card starter. In nine starts with the Yankees, Happ has pitched 52.2 innings to the tune of a 2.41 ERA. If you don’t look at his Detroit start, a team Happ has struggled against three times in three starts this year (5 innings/5 hits/4 earned runs, 5.2 innings/10 hits/7 earned runs, 4.1 innings/10 hits/5 earned runs), then Happ has pitched 48.1 innings in eight starts with a 1.68 ERA. 

After a strike out by Andrew McCutchen to lead things off, Judge stepped to the dish for the first time since July 26. His first at-bat ended in a missile that went straight to J.D. Martinez in right field at 112 mph off the bat. 

J.A. Happ gave up his only run in the third inning. Happ started the inning by giving up a leadoff single to Ian Kinsler. He then followed that up with a walk of Steve Pearce. In the following J.D. Martinez at-bat, Gary Sanchez let a fastball get by him and to the wall, moving the runners to second and third. Martinez flew out to Judge in right, but hit it far enough to score a run. Happ locked in after that and got two more fly outs to center to end the threat and keep the game just 1-0.

In his second at-bat, Aaron Judge stepped up in the third inning with men on first and second and one out, and grounded into an inning ending double play on the first pitch. 

And in the third at-bat… Yankees fans rose as Judge stepped up with Gleyber Torres on second and one out. And when the ball cracked off his bat and headed toward the right field stands, Yankees fans rose again. However the fans did not get to cheer and #AllRise for the first time since Judge's injury as the ball fell short of the stands and into the glove of J.D. Martinez for the second out of the inning.

The Yankees offense awoke from their slumber in the bottom of the seventh inning. Aaron Hicks walked on five pitches to lead off. Andujar fouled out, followed by another walk, this time of Gary Sanchez. The Red Sox brought in right hander Ryan Brasier to face Neil Walker, making him bat from the left side of the plate. Walker proceeded to take Brasier deep to right on a 3-2 fastball to give the Yankees a 3-1 lead. Walker became the 11th Yankee with double-digit home runs on the year, tying the Yankees with four other teams for the most in a season all-time. The closest Yankee to double digits is now Luke Voit, who has eight home runs with 12 games remaining on the season.
David Robertson came in and worked a clean eighth inning after surrendering a one-out triple to J.D. Martinez. After him, Zach Britton came in for the ninth inning to close the game out, who got into a little trouble with some bad defense. With one out, the Yankees had two failed game-ending double play chances with both on tough throws to second base, but both on throws that were catchable for Gleyber Torres. After sacrificing a run on the second error, Britton got Ian Kinsler to ground to him and they finally converted the double play to seal the win. The win postponed the Red Sox AL East Division celebration at least one more day, which they will look to do again tomorrow.

What’s Next?
The Yankees move on to game two of the three-game set tomorrow as Luis Severino looks to build off of his best start in more than two months when he and the Bombers face David Price and the Red Sox. First pitch set for 7:05 PM on YES and ESPN.

Article by: Nick Simonelli


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