The crowd packed Yankee Stadium to see home runs Friday night. With Aaron Judge one homer away from tying the 61-year-old American League and Yankees record of 61, the ballpark saw homers, but not the ones they wanted. An eighth-inning RBI-single from Jose Trevino rallied the Bombers for a 5-4 win after Gerrit Cole gave up two more homers to the Red Sox.
The Yankees (92-58) have won each of their last five games, nine of their last 11 games and 13 of their last 17.
The Yankees scored on a home run and single by Aaron Hicks and Gleyber Torres’ double. In the eighth, Harrison Bader drew a pinch hit walk, stole a base and took third on a pitcher’s throwing error and scored on a Jose Trevino single.
It was the third game that Judge remained one home run away. He last homered on Tuesday night.
Judge struck out on six pitches in the first inning, Hill getting him to swing over an 85-mile an hour curveball. In the third inning, Judge got under an 84 mph cutter, sending it high to the left-field warning track for an out. In the fifth, Hill beat Judge again, needing just four pitches to strike him out swinging on a 73 mph curveball.
In the seventh, with the game tied, Judge lined a single into left field and was greeted with some groans and polite applause.
Judge’s at-bats have been interesting. Everyone in the ballpark stands and most start recording on their phones. The Yankees bullpen pitchers come out to watch and as the pitch is delivered it’s quiet as if everyone is holding their breath.
“The moment is huge. I think the baseball world and certainly the people in attendance, understand what they’re potentially witnessing and watching,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “I think it’s simply that it’s everyone on the edge of their seat and all their focus and energy on it. And that’s shown up in silence from 40,000-plus people in that moment because you don’t want to miss something or you’re completely locked in and concentrating. It’s interesting to witness and I think it’s something that will be very memorable for a lot of people. Like how it showed up in a sporting arena. This noise of anticipation as he walks up the excitement to it’s pretty interesting.”
Instead, Friday night, the real Yankees fireworks the 47,346 in the ballpark saw all came via Cole.
The 32-year-old right hander’s frustration boiled over in the sixth. The Yankees ace was peeved that he did not get a called strike on a 1-2 pitch to Alex Verdugo. Angry, Cole threw a 100-mile-an-hour pitch next and Verdugo crushed it 396 feet into the Yankees bullpen. The three-run shot tied the game and was the 31st homer Cole has allowed this season. The 30th came after Cole struck out Kike Hernandez and Rafael Devers to start the game. Tommy Pham crushed a 96-mile an hour fastball to the short porch in right field.
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Source:: The Denver Post – Sports