Judge Singles, Walked Twice. Baltimore 2 NY 1

Aaron Judge went 1 for 2 with a single and two walks — the last one an intentional walk — as NY fell to Baltimore 2-1 on a relatively balmy Friday night at Yankee Stadium. The homerun watch for #62 continues — with the rain from Hurricane Ian hitting NY this weekend.

Domingo German started for NY and was terrific — pitching 1-run ball into the 6th, when Zach Britton came in and threw one to the backstop to give Baltimore a 2-1 lead. Britton grimaced in pain on the mound and was removed from the game — his season seemingly over just as it was starting.

Afterwards, manager Aaron Boone said Zach Britton‘s elbow is fine.

Oswaldo Cabrera got NY its only run — a homerun to right in the 5th that tied the game 1-1 at the time.

Luis Arraez jumped ahead of Judge in the batting title race by going 2-4 the day before — a Yankee day off. The race as it now stands:

  1. Luis Arraez .315
  2. Aaron Judge .314
  3. Xander Bogaerts .307
  4. Yordan Alvarez .305
  5. Jose Abreu .304

NY is now 96-60 with 6 games left in the year. After the game, Seattle won in the 9th to officially eliminate Baltimore from the playoffs.

1. German Terrific

Domingo German pitched great again. He allowed a run in the 1st on a leadoff walk to Cedric Mullins, who stole 2nd, and scored on a 2-out single by Ryan Montcastle, then pitched shutout innings in the 2nd through 5th. He used his wicked 80-MPH curveball, 93-MPH four-seam fastball, 85-MPH changeup, and 93-MPH sinker to keep Baltimore hitters off balance — getting ahead in the count and getting lots of easy outs.

He was helped by Harrison Bader who made a terrific diving catch in left with 2 outs in the 5th.

German walked the first two batters — Adley Rutschman and Anthony Santander — in the 6th, then got Montcastle to groundout to move the runners to 2nd and 3rd, and was gone.

Zach Britton came in, walked Gunnar Henderson — the #2 ranked prospect in all of baseball, then threw the wild pitch to Jesús Aguilar make it 2-1 Baltimore, and was gone too. Ron Marinaccio came in and got out of the inning without further damage by striking out 2.

German was the hard luck loser to go 2-4 3.31.

2. Oswaldo Homer

Meanwhile Jordan Lyles, the 6’5 righty, was shutting down the Yanks. Lyles pitched 7 innings, allowing only 4 hits and 1 run, and struck out 7.

Oswaldo Cabrera got to him with a homer to right leading off the 5th for a 1-1 tie game.

3. Judge At Bats

Aaron Judge went 1-2 on the night with 2 walks. Against Lyles, Judge:

  • Struck out swinging on a 3-2 sinker his first time up,
  • Singled up the middle in the 3rd with 2 outs, and
  • Walked leading off the 6th.

With the Yanks down 2-1 in the 8th, Isiah Kiner-Falefa led off with a single, finally sending Lyles to the showers.

Kiner-Falefa then stole 2nd base.

Reliever Felix Bautista struck out Jose Trevino struck out, however, and then intentionally walked Aaron Judge before striking out Anthony Rizzo and getting Gleyber Torres to line out to center.

It was the Yankee Window of Opportunity — and the window closed with the Yankees outside in the balmy night air, rain coming.

4. Yank Bullpen Good

Good news for the Yankees:

  • Marinaccio followed his excellent 6th with a shutout 7th,
  • Aroldis Chapman pitched a shutout 8th (helped by picking off Rougned Odor off 1st), and
  • Scott Effross allowed a couple of runners but struck out the last two batters of a shutout 8th.


  • Clay Holmes got a cortisone shot and was put on the IL for the remainder of the season — scheduled to return for the playoffs. He had felt some discomfort in his last outing and an MRI showed rotator cuff inflamation but “nothing too worrisome”, said Holmes.

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