Oswald, Oswaldo, Higgy HR’s Carry Yanks. NY 5 Texas 4

Oswald Peraza hit his first major league homer, and Oswaldo Cabrera and Kyle Higashioka added bombs to carry NY to the 5-4 victory. Everyone it seemed but Aaron Judge — who went 1 for 5 with a single.

Judge’s single however, ended up being the game-winning run — as he came around to score in the top of the 8th on a Harrison Bader RBI single that put NY up 5-4.

Jameson Taillon started for the Yanks and struggled through 6 innings — his command unusually off. But Aroldis Chapman pitched a shutout inning to get the win, and Greg Weissert and Jonathan Loaisiga pitched shutout innings to save it.

NY goes to 99-61 — with #99 Aaron Judge stuck on 61 Homeruns.

1. Oswald & Oswaldo HR’s Provide Early Offense

The Yanks once were a team of the M&M boys; then years later (and to lesser extent) Miggy and Higgy. They are becoming a team of Oswald and Oswaldo. In the top of the 1st, after Judge popped out, Oswaldo Cabrera got the Yanks a 1-0 lead with a 373-foot homer to right — his 6th of the season.

After Taillon allowed 2 runs in the bottom of the 1st, Oswald Peraza tied the game with a homerun to left — his first HR in the majors.

Peraza led off the 5th with a single, stole 2nd, and scored on a Marwin Gonzalez single for a 3-2 Yankee lead.

2. Taillon Struggled

Taillon had coughed up a 1-0 lead by allowing 2 runs in the bottom of the 1st after 2 were out — single, hit by pitch, 2-RBI single by Josh Jung.

And when given the 3-2 lead in the 5th he immediately coughed it up in the bottom of the inning, allowing a double by Corey Seager and homerun by Adolis Garcia. Texas 4 NY 3.

Taillon struggled with his control all afternoon — unusual since his control is always on point. Despite the struggles he limited the damage — lasting 6 innings, allowing 7 hits and the 4 runs.

Because of the late Yankee rally, Taillon got a no-decision and finished the season 14-5 3.91.

3. Yanks Late Rally Wins It

Brock Burke came in for Texas in the top of the 8th and Kyle Higashioka greeted him with a game-tying, 417-foot homer to center for a 4-4 tie.

Aaron Judge, up next, singled. He moved to 2nd when Anthony Rizzo was hit by a pitch, and moved to 3rd on a sacrifice by Oswaldo Cabrera. With 2nd and 3rd, 1 out, Harrison Bader ripped a Bullet to left for a run and 5-4 Yankee lead. The eventual game winner.

4. Judge’s At Bats

The Rangers started Jon Gray, who came in with a 7-7 3.93 record. Unlike Boston and Baltimore pitchers in the two prior series, Texas Rangers pitchers pitched solidly to Judge throughout this game and the prior game.

Gray got Judge to pop out in the 1st, fly out to right in the 3rd, and pop out to 1st in the 5th.

Judge singled and scored the eventual winning run in the 8th (see above).

In the 9th, Kyle Higashioka came up with 2 outs and Judge on deck. Yankee and Ranger fans were cheering every ball that Higashioka got — hoping he would walk to give Judge another at bat. Higgy took ball four low to a loud ovation.

Judge however grounded out.

“I think that was the best ovation I’ve ever gotten,” said Higgy afterwards.

5. Chapman Good!

Aroldis Chapman pitched a 1-2-3 shutout inning in the 7th — striking out 2. Manager Aaron Boone said afterwards that “today helps” his decision of whether or not to put Chapman on the post-season roster.

Greg Weissert pitched a 1-2-3 shutout 8th.

Jonathan Loaisiga pitched a shutout 9th (single, flyout, double play) for the old ballgame.

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