Trevino, Hicks, Gleyber Lead Yank Attack. NY 5 Boston 4

Jose Trevino singled in the go-ahead run with 2 outs in the 8th to power the Yanks to a 5-4 victory at Yankee Stadium on a cool September Friday night.

A sellout crowd was on hand to watch Aaron Judge try for his AL record-tying 61st homerun. Judge went 1 for 4 with a single. Xander Bogaerts didn’t play.

“He’s getting off the right swings; he’s making good swing decisions,” said Aaron Boone about Judge afterwards. “It’s a peak behind just how great a player he is — that when he doesn’t hit the ball out of the ballpark, he’s still impacting us in a big way — getting on base, his outfield play, on the bases. With all the noise and excitement around this, he’s still going out there and putting together good at bat after good at bat.”

Current batting race in AL:

  1. Aaron Judge .315
  2. Xander Bogaerts .314
  3. Luis Arraez .312
  4. Jose Abreu .307
  5. Nathaniel Lowe .306

Earlier the Yanks had jumped on top 4-1 off a solo homer by Aaron Hicks to tie the game 1-1 in the 3rd, and 3-run rally in the 5th that included an RBI single by Aaron Hicks to put NY up 2-1, and a 2-RBI double by Gleyber Torres.

Gerrit Cole was cruising into the 6th with a 4-1 lead — and in the 6th he felt he struck out Alex Verdugo to end the inning, but the ump called it a ball and on the next pitch Verdugo hit a 3-run homer to tie the game 4-4. Cole was then ejected from the game for yelling at the ump, as was manager Aaron Boone.

NY improves to 92-58, 8.5 games in 1st over Toronto and Tampa; 13 over Baltimore, with 12 to go.

1. Judge 1-4

The lines into the Stadium were massive — 35 minutes wait on line just to get in. A sell out crowd not a seat to be had. Thousands of people were still outside the Stadium when the game started at 7:05 pm and missed Judge’s first at bat leading off the bottom of the 1st.

Thankfully (?) for them, Judge struck out, against wily 42-yr-old righty Rich Hill, who came in 7-7 4.70.

  • In his second time up, in the bottom of the 3rd, Judge ‘just missed’ it — hitting a towering fly ball to deep left for an out.
  • In the 5th, Hill struck Judge out again, on a curveball.
  • In the 7th, Judge ripped a 2-out single to left offย Kaleb Ort.

2. Hicks to the Sticks

The thousands of fans streaming in late missed Gerrit Cole allowing a gopher ball to Tommy Pham to opposite field right for a 1-0 Boston lead in the top of the 1st.

But Aaron Hicks tied it in the bottom of the 2nd with a homer to left — the 100th of his career.

3. Hicks & Gleyber Give NY 4-1 Lead

The Yanks got to Hill in the 5th — Isiah Kiner-Falefa led off with a single, Marwin Gonzalez walked, and Aaron Hicks singled in a run to make it 2-1.

Gleyber Torres then ripped a double down the line in left — driving in 2 — and a poor throw by Pham in left allowed Torres to go to 3rd. NY 4 Boston 1.

4. Cole Coughs Up More Gopher Balls

Gerrit Cole was cruising into the 6th with the 4-1 lead. He struck out the 1st batter, then allowed a double to Enrique Hernandez, walked Rafael Devers, and struck out Pham.

With 2 outs, 2 on he felt he struck out Alex Verdugo — but the last pitch was called a ball and on the next pitch Verdugo ripped a homer to right center for a 4-4 tie.

Cole struck out JD Martinez to end the inning then yelled at the ump and got tossed.

5. Trevino the Game Winner

In the bottom of the 8th, Harrison Bader walked with 2 outs — and threatened to steal. Matt Strahm attempted to pick him off and threw the ball away. With Bader on 3rd, Jose Trevino came through with a huge, 2-out single for a 5-4 Yankee lead.

6. Marinaccio & Loaisiga Good

Ron Marinaccio pitched a shutout 7th, and Jonathan Loaisiga a shutout 8th and 9th. Loaisiga had a 1-2-3 inning in the 8th but allowed consecutive singles with 1 out in the 9th, before getting a strikeout and groundout for the old ballgame.

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