Judge 2 Hits, Game Winning RBI, then Tossed. NY 5 Detroit 3

Aaron Judge singled and scored in the 1st to tie the game, then vaulted the Yanks ahead with an RBI double in the 3rd, coming around to score on a 3-run BOMB by Anthony Rizzo that gave NY a 5-1 lead — en route to the 5-3 win over Detroit in the Bronx on a cold, overcast Saturday afternoon.

Judge struck out swinging in his 3rd at bat, and in the 7th, struck out looking and as he was walking back to the dugout grumbled “you’ve been bullshit all afternoon” which got him tossed by home plate ump Ryan Blakney.

It was the first time in Judge’s career that he had been ejected from a game — and created an uproar during the game and all day afterwards about the sensitivity of the home plate ump.

Clarke Schmidt pitched 5 innings of 3-run ball for the win, while Luke Weaver and Clay Holmes were dynamite out of the bullpen.

“I’m very surprised,” said Aaron Judge afterwards about the ejection. “Especially a 5-3 game, late in the game, battling a 3-2 count, kind of walking away saying my piece, I’ve said a lot worse, try not to make a scene in situations like that; a little surprised walking away that time. I got a lot of respect for Ryan and what he does; I know his job is tough. I’ve always had their back because I know it’s tough back there. For that to happen that way, that’s what I’m most upset about. Especially late in the game like that; a close game.”

NY improves to 22-13; Detroit falls to 18-15.

As it was May 4th, the Yankees gave out Gerrit Cole Star Wars bobblehead dolls — may the 4th be with you.

1. Deju Vu All Over Again for Judge, Verdugo, Stanton

Clarke Schmidt started for NY and gave up a homerun to the first batter of the game, Riley Greene.

But the Yanks came right back in the bottom of the 1st against Detroit starter Casey Mize.

NY had just come off a stirring win the night before when 4 straight hits in the bottom of the 9th by Aaron Judge, Alex Verdugo (a bunt single), Giancarlo Stanton (opposite field double down the line in right), and Anthony Rizzo got them a 2-1 walkoff win.

And it was Deja Vu all over again the very next time they came up — the bottom of the 1st in this game: with 2 outs, Aaron Judge singled, Alex Verdugo legged out an infield single, and Giancarlo Stanton ripped a single to opposite field right, over rightfielder Kerry Carpenter‘s head and it was a 1-1 tie.

Rizzo flied out to end the inning but he’d make up for it next time up.

2. Judge RBI Double, Rizzo BOMB Put NY Ahead 5-1

Anthony Volpe walked to lead off the bottom of the 3rd, Juan Soto singled, and Aaron Judge ripped an RBI double to left for a 2-1 Yankee lead.

Verdugo grounded out and Stanton struck out, but with 2 outs, 2 on, Anthony Rizzo hit an absolute BOMB to right for a 5-1 Yankee lead. May the 4th be with Rizzo.

3. Schmidt Good

Meanwhile, Clarke Schmidt shook off that leadoff homer and plowed through the Detroit lineup, pitching a 1-2-3 inning in the 2nd and 3rd — striking out 6, en route to 7 K’s.

But Schmidt ran into trouble in the 4th.

He allowed a leadoff single to Wenceel Perez and a 1-out RBI triple to Matt Vierling, then a sac fly by Colt Keith for a 5-3 game.

In the 5th, Schmidt allowed a leadoff single but then got a double play. He hit Greene with a pitch — and at 91 pitches was getting close to getting pulled — but got Mark Canha on a groundout to keep himself in position for the win.

4. Weaver Great

Lefty Caleb Ferguson came out for the 6th and struck out Wenceel Perez, but walked Kerry Carpenter and allowed an infield single to Matt Vierling.

Luke Weaver came in to pitch to righty Andy Ibanez pinch hitting for 2nd baseman Colt Keith, and saved the day. Weaver struck out Ibanez and got 1st baseman Spencer Torkelson to fly to right to end the threat.

Weaver then retired the side 1-2-3 in the 7th, and struck out 2 batters in the 8th sandwiching a single to Wenceel Perez.

Clay Holmes came in with the runner on and 2 outs, and struck out Vierling looking.

5. Judge Tossed

In the bottom of the 7th against Detroit reliever Tyler Holton, Judge worked the count to 3-2, swinging and missing at 2 pitches and fouling off another, before taking strike 3 looking. As he was walking away he said “you’ve been bullshit all day” which got him ejected by the sensitive home plate ump.

Oddly enough — it was the first called strike Judge too all day — in all his at bats he either hit the ball, took a ball, swung and missed, or fouled a pitch off. Judge may have been seeing the bad calls the ump was giving other Yankees.

6. Holmes Filthy

After getting the final out of the 8th, Holmes allowed a leadoff single in the 9th to Andy Ibanez, but then got Torkelson to hit into a double play and struck out shortstop Zach McKinstry for the old ballgame.

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