Judge RBI Single in 9th; Tyler Wade Heroics Get Yanks 12th Straight; NY 7 Oakland 6

Aaron Judge blooped a 2-out single in the top of the 9th to plate Tyler Wade from 3rd, and Aroldis Chapman pitched a shutout bottom of 9th — allowing just a 2-out single — to get the Yanks their 12th straight win, 7-6 over the A’s before a sparse 8,000 fans on a Thursday night in Oakland.

The game ended in the wee hours of the morning, NY time.

1. Yanks Jump on Kaprielian

Hours earlier, the Yanks jumped early and often on former Yank James Kaprielian, who was having a pretty good year until this game. He entered at 7-4 3.25 — finally achieving major league success after spending 5 years coming back from arm injuries — an elbow injury in 2016 and Tommy John surgery the next year, after which the Yanks traded him and Jorge Mateo to Oakland for Sonny Gray.

Giancarlo Stanton started the scoring with a solo homer to center in the top of the 2nd.

Brett Gardner followed later in the inning with a solo homer to right.

2. Gallo Revenge Homer

Andrew Velazquez led off the 3rd with a double, Anthony Rizzo doubled him home, and after an Aaron Judge walk, Joey Gallo stepped up. Gallo had struck out on a called strike 3 that seemed way wide in the 1st inning on a 3-2 pitch, which caused Aaron Boone to get thrown out arguing.

As Gallo stepped up, Yankee fan Rfeg26 tweeted, “Joey Gallo pissed off 3 run homer here is going to be chills.”

On cue, Gallo ripped a towering revenge homerun to right for a 6-0 Yankee lead.

3. Taillon Terrible

But Jameson Taillon — in his first stinker outing in 2 months (he had 8 very good starts in a row) — coughed up the lead. Up 6-0 he immediately gave up back-to-back homers to Matt Chapman and catcher Sean Murphy to lead off the 3rd, making it 6-2 NY.

He got through the rest of the 3rd, but couldn’t get out of the 4th. A walk, strikeout, single, walk, walk to Matt Chapman forced in a run to make it 6-3. He struck out Sean Murphy and was an out away from getting out of it — but Elvis Andrus singled in 2 to make it 6-5 and Taillon was gone.

Albert Abreu got the final out of the 4th — but allowed a solo homer to Josh Harrelson in the 5th to tie the game 6-6. The Yanks had blown the 6-0 lead.

4. Yank Bullpen Terrific

Besides the homer allowed by Abreu, the Yank bullpen came in and shut the door on Oakland.

  • Abreu pitched 1.1 innings, allowing the 1 run
  • Chad Holmes pitched a shutout 6th
  • Jonathan Loaisiga pitched 2 no-hit, shutout innings (7th and 8th)

And then it would go to the 9th.

5. Judge Game Winner Plates Hero Wade

The game-winning rally started with 2 outs in the 9th: Anthony Rizzo walked, and Tyler Wade pinch ran for him. Wade stole 2nd and went to 3rd when catcher Sean Murphy’s throw went into centerfield.

Aaron Judge then hit a big, clutch, 2-out, bloop single put the Yanks ahead and gave them a chance to win without going to extras. HUGE.

6. Chapman the SAVE!

And so it was to the bottom of the 9th, the Yanks nursing the 7-6 lead, and out came Aroldis Chapman — who had put Yankee Twitter on a rollercoaster ride that he needed to be bailed out on by Wandy Peralta in the Yanks’ last game 2 nights earlier.

But this Chapman threw strikes — getting Andrus to fly out, striking out 1st baseman Mark Canha, allowing a first-pitch single to Starling Marte, and then going 3-1 on Matt Olson before getting him to ground out. PHEW. The Yankees had their 12th straight win!


Aaron Judge went 2-4 with a walk to raise his batting average to .287, to move into 10th in the American League. He is also 10th in On Base Percentage (OBP) with a .381 OBP.

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