BALTIMORE – So far in this bizarre baseball season, there has been a four-month closure due to a pandemic and labor disputes, followed by a number of rule changes and an ever-changing schedule.
One thing remained the same: The Yankees can’t seem to lose to the Orioles.
After the Yankees exploded a five-run lead and saw the Orioles hit Homer go-ahead in the bottom of the eighth, Aaron Judge gave up his own casting to save the Yankees in the 8-6 win. .
This was the Yankees’ 18th straight win over the Orioles – and their 17th consecutive Camden Yards.
“It’s just going to work,” the Judge said of his approach during the bat.
Asked if he ever felt his team was out of the game, Aaron Boone said, “Absolutely not. Guys can hurt you up and down. That was tonight. “
No one more than a Judge, who changed the 3-1fastball from Cole Sulser to give the Yankees the lead again.
But it doesn’t come out easily.
Luke Voit’s grand slam helped give the Yankees a 5-0 lead at first, but JA Happ, who struggled with home runs a year ago, gave up a pair of two run-homers in the first. his outing of the season Thursday.
The first was for Hanser Alberto in the first and Rio Ruiz hit another in the second.
The Yankees had a chance to increase their lead in the eighth when Giancarlo Stanton continued his torrid start with a one-run move and Aaron Hicks scored a double. But Voit whiffed and Gary Sanchez, who is still looking for his first hit of the season, did the same to end the threat.
Still, after an inning takeoff from Adam Ottavino in the fifth with storm-turning clouds and two scoreless frames from Jonathan Loaisiga, the Yankees had five outs outside of another win when Pedro Severino took Loaisiga deep for a shot. two run at the bottom of the eighth.
The Yankees didn’t stay for long.
Gio Urshela started the top nine with a walk and went into the second one on the right of DJ LeMahieu on the right.
That’s when the Judge, who hit his first homer of the year on Wednesday, came out to face the snarling Sulser and crushed her.
Zack Britton continued to close out the ninth without a score for his second save of the year in a game that was delayed 94 minutes by rain before the bottom of the sixth. Boone called the delay “not ideal” given MLB protocols aimed at limiting teams’ time in the park, but called the decision to continue the game “understandable.”
The Yankees have won three in a row – with two games they hadn’t played against the Phillies over the weekend due to coronavirus concerns – as they go into Friday’s home opener against the Red Sox.
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Despite the uncertainty, the Judge said the opening trip was “great.
“We’re playing baseball,” the judge said. “We’re getting started. There are a lot of things going on in the world, but being back and being able to play baseball is something special.”
Boone called the start to the season “2020-ISH,” as it was fraught with postponements, rain delays and other unforeseen obstacles, but was pleased with the way it turned out.
“It was definitely unique,” Boone said of the trip. “But 4-1 to start the season, you have to take that. It wasn’t really big conditions. Guys had to make some adjustments.”
Including Happ, who was pitching on an eight-day layoff and was likely to stay longer in the game if the weather wasn’t about to turn around.
The 37-year-old said he was “a little quicker, likely anxious after he got on board [in the first]. “
But he believes he will be able to resolve the issues – and he knows he can afford to make some mistakes thanks to his own formation.
“We definitely have a lot of confidence in our offense,” Happ said.