Judge & Stanton Homers Power Victory. NY 5 Oakland 3

Jameson Taillon allowed 3 runs to Oakland in the top of the 1st, but Aaron Judge came right back with a 2-run homer in the bottom of the inning, and Giancarlo Stanton hit a 3-run homer in the 3rd to carry the Yanks to the come-from-behind victory, 5-3.

Taillon recovered to pitch shutout ball through the 5th inning, and then the bullpen of Lucas Luetge, Miguel Castro, and Clay Holmes threw down 4 more shutout innings for the win.

On a beautiful, sunny, 75-degree June Wednesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium — 1pm start time.

The Yanks sweep the 3-game series against Oakland and improve to 56-20; Oakland drops to 25-52.

1. Taillon Improves to 9-1

What a difference a year makes. Last year Jameson Taillon did not get run support; this year, he has. So even on a day when he was not sharp — allowing 3 in the 1st and only lasting 5 innings, he wins to go 9-1 3.32.

“I still feel really good,” said Taillon afterwards. “The results haven’t been what they’ve been all year, recently. I think I can tighten up some things. But overall I think the stuff is in the exact same spot. Minor adjustment here and there. But you’re gonna go through these peaks and valleys throughout a season, and on a team like this that’s the luxury — you have a great bullpen to pick you up and you have a great offense to pick you up.”

Taillon struck out Tony Kemp to start the game, but then allowed a double and single. With 1st and 3rd, 1 out he struck out catcher Steven Vogt and looked like he might get out of it. Until outfielder Stephen Piscotty ripped a 2-RBI double and Elvis Andrus singled Piscotty home to make it Oakland 3 NY 0.

Taillon got the final out but immediately ran into trouble in the top of the 2nd, after Aaron Judge’s 2-run homer got the Yanks back to within 3-2. Taillon allowed a bunt single, walked a batter, and hit a batter to load the bases, before striking out Ramon Laureano and Vogt to get out of it.

Taillon allowed a walk in the 3rd, a single in the 4th, and a single in the 5th — retiring the side but did not have a clean inning on the day.

Taillon was helped by the Yankee defense — Kyle Higashioka threw out a runner in the 4th — which ended up yielding a 9-pitch inning for Taillon despite having allowed a single, which helped.

And Josh Donaldson made a terrific play at 3rd in the 5th.

With the help of that defense, Taillon persevered and got the win — 5 innings, 7 hits, 3 runs, 6 K’s, and 2 walks.

2. Judge 2-Run Bomb Gets Yanks Back In It

Down 3-0 after a half inning, the Yanks immediately got back into the game — DJ LeMahieu led off the bottom of the 1st with a walk off 6’4 lefty Cole Irvin, and Aaron Judge hit a 429-foot Bomb to left for a 3-2 game.

3. Giancarlo’s 3-Run Missile Wins It

With 1 out in the bottom of the 3rd, LeMahieu — the table setter again — singled, Aaron Judge walked, and Giancarlo Stanton hit a 2-out missile to opposite-field right for a 5-3 Yankee lead.

“Once Big G did that I thought it was a turning point for the whole team,’ said Taillon afterwards, who then went out and pitched the 9-pitch 4th with help of Higgy.

4. Bullpen Holds A’s Down

Lucas Luetge pitched 2 perfect 1-2-3 innings, and Miguel Castro pitched an imperfect (2 singles allowed) but shutout 8th — leaving the 9th for Clay Holmes who came in and pitched a 1-2-3 inning (groundout, groundout, groundout) for the old ballgame.

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