Aaron Judge Hits 58th & 59th! NY 12 Milwaukee 8

Aaron Judge hit his 58th and 59th homeruns to power the Yankees to a 12-8 win over the Brewers in Milwaukee on a Sunday afternoon.

It was a wild game of action at American Family Field — a stadium ranked as the #2 hitter’s park in baseball behind Coors Field. The balls were FLYING. There were 8 homeruns hit — 5 by the Yankees and 3 by Milwaukee — and Many Long outs to the wall.

The game ended with the bases loaded with Brewers, the tying run at the plate — and Clay Holmes struggling, but retiring the final two batters on a strikeout and groundout. A huge collective PHEW for the Yankees.

“Like I said all year, we got a good team here,” said Aaron Judge afterwards. “I know we went down 3-0 early with the long homerun to right field but these guys don’t give up. Everyone is trusting each other to go up and do their job; we know we’re going to come up with a win.”

Judge went 4 for 5 with 2 homers and 4 RBI’s and finished the day batting .316, putting him a point behind the AL leader:

  1. Luis Arraez .317
  2. Xander Bogaerts .316
  3. Aaron Judge .316
  4. Jose Abreu .309
  5.  Nathaniel Lowe .308

NY improves to 88-58. Elsewhere, Baltimore scored 3 in the 9th to come from behind and beat Toronto — so the Yankees moved their AL East lead back to 5.5 games, 6 over Tampa, and 11.5 over Baltimore. Milwaukee (78-68) remains 8 back of St Louis and is 2 games out of a wild card.

1. Cole Gets the Win

Gerrit Cole started and allowed a 3-run homer in the 1st inning, and a solo homer in the 2nd putting the Yanks down 3-0 and then 4-1 — ushering in huge derision by Yankee fans on Twitter that he wasn’t an ace, as this was a Huge game for NY.

But by the 5th inning it became apparent Cole had actually done pretty well against the elements — those elements being the Balls were FLYING.

In the 4th, Judge made consecutive catches on LONG FLY BALLS to the wall.

In the 5th inning, granted a 7-4 lead, Cole allowed a leadoff double to Connor Wong — but then got tough — a long fly out to center, then two strikeouts to end the frame. PHEW.

Cole’s line: 5 innings, 4 hits, 4 runs, 8 K’s, 3 walks. He wins to go 12-7 3.41.

2. Judge Powers Yanks Back

Down 3-0 after 1 inning, Yankee fans bashing Cole on Twitter, and the Yankees looking like they might be swept by Milwaukee in the 3-game series — Oswaldo Cabrera brought life back into everyone with a 420-foot bomb to centerfield off Jason Alexander (cue the Seinfeld jokes) for a 3-1 game.

As John Sterling said on the radio, “The Yankees are back in the game at 3-1. Now they need 2 things — obviously 2 more runs, and they need for Cole to start pitching like an ace.”

But Cole immediately allowed a solo homer to outfielder Tyrone Taylor in the bottom of the 2nd so it was 4-1 and you can imagine Yankee Twitter at the time.

Aaron Judge brought back sunshine in the top of the 3rd with his 58th homer of the year. Milwaukee 4 NY 2.

Anthony Rizzo — in his first game back in 2 weeks due to back trouble — then bombed a back-to-back homer to right to pull NY to within 4-3.

3. Yanks Take Lead in 5th

The Yanks went to work in the 5th: Aaron Judge led off with a walk and Anthony Rizzo followed with a single to set NY up. After a Josh Donaldson walk, Giancarlo Stanton RIPPED a shot down 3rd that couldn’t be handled by Luis Urias — the run scoring on what was later called an error.

Oswaldo Cabrera got an RBI on a shot that the 2nd baseman was only able to knock down, and the big hit came with 2-out, bases loaded: a Clutch ‘seeing-eye’ chopper up the middle by Kyle Higashioka for a 7-4 Yankee lead.

4. Kiner-Falefa Small Ball

In the midst of all the hitting, Isiah Kiner-Falefa small ball helped net an important run in the 7th when Oswaldo Cabrera led off with a double, and Falefa grounded to 2nd to advance the runner. Cabrera scored on a Higgy groundout and it was 8-4 NY.

5. Judge’s 59th

But Falefa’s effort was muted as Aaron Hicks then popped a homer to right for a 9-4 Yankee lead, and Aaron Judge then ripped a MOON SHOT to left for a 10-4 lead — his 59th homer of the year.

6. They Even Got to Schmidt

Clarke Schmidt came in and pitched brilliant 1-2-3 innings in the 6th and 7th — but the long balls even got to him in the 8th: Willy Adames doubled and Hunter Renfroe homered to make it 10-6. Schmidt allowed another hit before leaving with 1 out, and Jonathan Loaisiga finished the inning (also allowing a hit).

7. Judge Insurance 2-RBI Double

And so it was to the 9th with a 10-6 Yankee lead — and Aaron Judge AGAIN came through for NY — a 2-out, clutch 2-RBI double to deep left for a 12-6 lead. It turned out to be huge.

8. Holmes Finally Gets Final Out

In the bottom of the 9th — more hits. Wandy Peralta came in and allowed 3 consecutive singles to load the bases with nobody out.

Clay Holmes came in and immediately allowed a Ground Rules double for a 12-8 game. He got a pop out — HUGE as it was the 1st out — then walked Connor Wong to load the bases — before getting a strikeout and groundout for the old ballgame.

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