Winning Is Easy! Judge 3 HR’s, Severino Shutout Ball. NY 9 Washington 1

Aaron Judge hits a Grand Slam in the 2nd to make it 6-0 Yanks; one of 3 HR's he hit on the night.

What was all that losing about?

Winning is EASY — when Aaron Judge hits 3 homers including a Grand Slam and Luis Severino pitches 6 innings of 1-hit shutout ball.

The formula for success.

The Yankees had forgot!

World Series not exactly back on, but boy did Luis Severino probably sleep well last night. This being a contract year to boot.

“Happy for him in that moment,” said manager Aaron Boone afterwards after Severino got a standing ovation at Yankee Stadium upon leaving the game in the 7th. “Obviously it’s been tough for him. This has been a tough year. Kept working. When you’ve been taking it on the chin — and you’ve been facing some adversity, to get a moment to be appreciated. It’s not easy. Hopefully now, after an outing like this, hopefully he can start to build and put some of these together and finish the season strong.”

On Judge: “That was pretty good. What a night he put together. He’s just a special player and it’s pretty remarkable what he does.”

On a beautiful, 75-degree, low-humidity, Wednesday night in the Bronx.

NY improves to 61-65, a whole bunch of games behind everyone and 9.5 behind the last Wild Card but ps they’d be in 2nd place in the AL Central. Washington drops to 58-69.

1. Severino Scintillating

My god what a start by Luis Severino — he had looked better in his last start when he lost 5-0 to Atlanta, but Yankee fans poo-pooed manager Aaron Boone for saying it afterwards.

This time he rocked from the start — his fastball, slider, and changeup had command on everything — the fastball, slider, and change up were there for him.

“Just command of everything,” “Higgy and I were on the same page; the command of the fastball was really good, the slider was good, even the changeup was good to spot.”

“I know the results were not the way I wanted but I think my stuff was there; most of the things came out of that outing. Of course it’s not the same lineup — Atlanta has a freaking great lineup — but just coming out of that outing I knew what I needed to do to get better pitches.”

Severino pitched a 1-2-3 inning in the 1st and 2nd, and had a no hitter going in the 4th when he allowed a 2-out single, then got the final out of that inning. He pitched a 1-2-3 inning in the 5th and in the 6th worked around an error by DJ LeMahieu at 1st to lead off the inning, by retiring the next 3 batters 1-2-3.

Severino got the first 2 outs of the 7th — the 2nd one helped by a terrific play by Giancarlo Stanton in right field — then walked a batter and was relieved at 97 pitches.

A masterful performance.

He gets the win to go

2. Judge Takes Care of the Offense

The first Aaron Judge homer came in the bottom of the 1st — a 431-foot Bomb to right centerfield off MacKenzie Gore to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead. It was Judge’s 25th homer of the year despite missing 2 months due to the toe injury.

In the bottom of the 2nd, Harrison Bader singled, stole 2nd, went to 3rd on an Anthony Volpe groundout, and scored on the first RBI of Everson Pereira‘s career — a groundout to shortstop.

Kyle Higashioka got on base due to an error by right fielder Stone Garrett, and Oswald Peraza walked to load the bases. DJ LeMahieu struck out for the 2nd out, but Aaron Judge came through with a 2-out, 437-foot BLAST to dead center — a Grand Slam.

3. Garrett Injured Trying to Catch LeMahieu HR

DJ LeMahieu led off the 7th against reliever Jose Ferrer with an opposite field 333-foot homer to the short porch in right that Washington right fielder Stone Garrett leapt to try and catch, but got badly injured as he fell from his ascent after hitting the wall.

It made it 7-0 Yanks, as Garrett was taken off the field in a stretcher.

Garrett looked badly injured; after the game they were waiting the results of X Rays and an MRI was scheduled.

Garret was drafted in 2014, left baseball in 2021 for real estate, later tried out for an Arizona Diamondbacks tryout that he found on LinkedIn, and made his MLB debut in 2022. He was slashing 9-40-.269 (.343 OBP) at time of injury.

4. Judge Hits 3rd HR in 7th

Next batter Aaron Judge parked one into the same right-field seats — but at 352 feet much higher than LeMahieu’s shot. NY 8 Washington 0.

Later in the same inning, Harrison Bader doubled with 2 outs, and Anthony Volpe singled him home for a 9-0 Yankee lead.

5. Hamilton & Wandy Finish It

After relieving Severino in the 7th and getting the final out of the 7th, Ian Hamilton pitched a shutout 8th.

Wandy Peralta pitched the 9th — allowing a 2-out homer to 1st baseman Dominic Smith — but striking out replacement centerfielder Alex Call for the old ballgame.

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