Trent Grisham, Judge HR’s Propel Yanks. NY 6 LA Dodgers 4

Yankee fans were chanting “We Want Soto” as backup outfielder Trent Grisham was at the plate in the 6th inning, NY down 3-2 with runners on. Grisham answered with a 3-run bomb to right for a 5-3 Yankee lead and delirium in the stands and the Yankee dugout.

The next time up in the 8th, Yankee fans were chanting “We Want Grisham!”

Aaron Judge hit a BOMB to the upper deck in left in that 8th for an insurance run, as the Yankees won their most important game of the year so far — avoiding a sweep in beating the Dodgers 6-4 on a Sunday night in the Bronx.

When asked if he heard the chants of “We Want Soto”, Grisham said, “Yes I heard them” and chuckled. When asked if he sent a message with the HR, he said “It wasn’t about that — I was just happy I was able to stay present in the moment and worry about myself, and ended up putting a good swing on it.” When asked if he heard the chants of “We Want Grisham”, he said “yea I heard ’em — I like those too” (laughing).

NY improves to 46-21, maintaining their 2.5 lead over Baltimore for 1st in the AL East. The Dodgers fall to 41-26.

1. Oswaldo HR Gets Yanks Lead on Glasnow

The Yanks had Luis Gil on the mound, who has been their ace this season, coming in with an 8-1 1.82 record. The Dodgers had their ace, Tyler Glasnow, who came in at 6-4 2.93.

Glasnow was dealing from the start, striking out 2 in the 1st and another in the 2nd. But Oswaldo Cabrera ripped a shot to right leading off the bottom of the 3rd and NY had a 1-0 lead.

2. Judge RBI Double Makes It 2-0 NY

With 2 outs in the same 3rd inning, Alex Verdugo doubled, and Aaron Judge hit a shot to right center that bounced off the glove of a leaping Andy Pages to drive in Verdugo. It was ruled a double due to the difficulty of the catch.

3. Gil Good But Dodgers Get to Him in 5th

After losing the first 2 games of the series, Luis Gil was the Yankees big hope to get a win. And Luis responded to the moment before a packed house of over 48,000 fans and a huge national TV audience.

Gil struck out Mookie Betts to begin the game and started motoring. He worked around a walk later in the 1st, and a leadoff double in the 2nd, and pitched a 1-2-3 inning in the 3rd and 4th.

The Dodgers got to Gil in the 5th — a 1-out double by Andy Pages, a single by Gavin Lux, and a 2-out, 2-RBI double to left by Mookie Betts. Tie game 2-2.

4. Teoscar HR Gives LA 3-2 Lead

Gil got the first 2 outs of the 6th when Teoscar Hernandez — who absolutely killed the Yanks in the 3-game series — did it again, hitting a homer to left for a 3-2 Dodger lead.

5. Grisham 3-Run Bomb Gives Yanks 5-3 Lead

But the Yanks went right back at Tyler Glasnow, who had settled down to pitch an easy 4th and a 1-2-3 inning in the 5th — striking out the side.

Alex Verdugo and Aaron Judge led off the bottom of the 6th with infield singles, but Giancarlo Stanton struck out. Trent Grisham stepped up in a big spot — and the fans started chanting “We Want Soto” — who was off for the 3rd straight night due to left forearm discomfort.

Grisham answered the chant with a BOMB to right for a 5-3 Yankee lead, and delirium in the Bronx — especially the Yankee dugout, where he is a popular teammate.

Team Captain Aaron Judge said afterwards that he “wasn’t too happy” with the chants for Soto while Grisham was up: “Grisham works his butt off every single day. Soto is out right now; he’s going to be back soon and he’s been carrying this team all year. Anytime you go up against good teams like this, fans pay to come see us do our thing. They want to see the best out there.”

“Soto is going to heal up fine,” continued Judge. “But man, Grish is a heck of a ballplayer and he showed it tonight in a big moment when we needed him. I wasn’t too happy with it, but I think he made a good point; he got his point across there with that homer.”

6. Weaver, Trevino & Gleyber to the Rescue. Karma & Redemption.

Caleb Ferguson relieved Gil with 2 outs in the 6th and got the final out. But in the 7th, Ferguson allowed a leadoff walk and then a single.

Luke Weaver came in and Jose Trevino made the defensive play of the game. Enrique Hernandez bunted a pitch in the air foul, and accidentally got in the way of Trevino trying to catch the foul popup. The Yanks argued batter interference but umps said no — Hernandez had remained in the batter’s box.

On the next pitch, Hernandez bunted at the plate and Trevino picked it up and RIFLED a throw to 3rd to nab the runner. Karma.

Weaver then got Mookie Betts to ground into a double play to 2nd — Gleyber Torres taking it unassisted to the bag at 2nd and making a great throw to 1st. Redemption for his prior game gaffe of blowing a double play in the 8th.

7. Ohtani’s Speed Vs Judge’s Arm

Shoehei Ohtani led off the top of the 8th with a hit-em-where-they-ain’t double to left off Weaver; he went to 3rd on a groundout, and scored on a sac fly to right by Will Smith — sprinting home to just beat Aaron Judge’s strong throw from right. NY 5 LA 4.

8. Judge Insurance Bomb

But Aaron Judge came right back with an upper deck BLAST to left leading off the bottom of the 8th for a HUGE insurance run to make it 6-4 Yankees.

9. Holmes Rollercoaster Save

Clay Holmes came in for the save in the top of the 9th — and got a HUGE groundout to start the inning of Jason Heyward on a 3-2 pitch in an 8-pitch at bat.

Holmes then got Andy Pages on a pop out and it looked like a no-agita save.

But Lux singled to right and Hernandez hit a seeing-eye single up the middle and here we go again, with the tying run at 1st and Mookie Betts up as the go-ahead run.

But Holmes struck out Betts on 5 pitches, the final one a filthy 89-MPH slider for the old ballgame!

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