BALTIMORE – So far this bizarre baseball season, has been closed for four months due to an epidemic and labor dispute, followed by countless rules changes and constantly changing schedules.
But one thing remains the same: the Yankees cannot appear to defeat the Orioles.
After the Yankees gained a five-run lead and hit a go-ahead homer to the Orioles in the eighth, Aaron Judge had a blast of his own to save the Yankees in an 8-6 victory.
It was the Yankees’ 18th straight win over the Orones – and the 17th in a row at Camden Yards.
“Just get the job done,” the judge said of his approach during the at-bat.
Asked if he ever felt that his team was out of a game, Aaron Boone said, “Absolutely not. Guys you can hurt up and down. This was the case tonight. “
None other than the judge, who climbed a 3–1 fastball from Cole Sulsar to give Yelka an edge again.
But it did not come easily.
Luke Voyt’s Grand Slam helped lead the Yankees to a 5–0 lead at first, but JA Happ, battling home runs a year ago, gave up a pair of two-run homer in the first outing of the season on Thursday.
In the first, Henser Alberto and Rio Ruiz were defeated in the second.
The Yankees had a chance to add their lead in the eighth when Giancarlo Stanton continued his move once again and Aaron Hicks hit a double blow. But Voyt made a noise and Gary Sanchez still worked to eliminate the threat while searching for his first hit of the season.
Nevertheless, after a stormy inning by Adam Ottavino in the fifth, with storm clouds and two scorched frames from Jonathan Loziga, the Yankees were five out for another win, when Pedro Severino lowered Loesiga to a two-run low Took for a deep shot. Eighth.
The Yankees did not last long.
Jio Urshela started in ninth place and finished second with a single from DJ Lemahieu.
That’s why the judge, who hit his first homer of the year on Wednesday, confronted the overlever Sulsar and crushed him.
Zac Britton closed it with the ninth score for his second save of the year in his game, which was delayed by 94 minutes before rain from the sixth floor. Boone called the delay “not ideal”, in keeping with MLB’s protocol, which aims to limit teams’ time at the park, but called the decision “to continue” the game.
The Yankees have won three – with two games that were not played against the Phillies over the weekend due to coronovirus concerns – as they play in Friday’s home opener vs. the Red Sox.
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Despite the uncertainty, the judge said the initial visit was “great”.
“We’re playing baseball,” Judge said. “We are starting. There are a lot of things going on in the world, but being able to come back and play baseball is something special. “
Boan called the start of the season “2020-ish”, as it was full of postponements, rain delays and other unexpected obstacles, but he was pleased with how it turned out.
“It was definitely unique,” Boone said of the trip. “But to start the season 4-1, you take. These were not real great circumstances. Friends had to make some adjustments. “
Including Hap pitching on an eight-day layoff, and chances are it would have been longer in the game if the season had not turned on.
“We were a little worried after getting on board,” the 37-year-old said. [in the first]. “
But he believes he will be able to fix the issues – and knows that he can afford to make some mistakes for his own lineup.
“We have a lot of confidence in our crime, definitely,” Happ said.