When Aaron Judge reached the plate at the bottom of the fifth with DJ LeMahieu and Gio Urshela at the corners, a wild pitch from Toronto pitcher Marcus Stroman sent Urshela racing to the plate. Receiver Danny Jansen of the Blue Jays rushed to get the ball and caught up with Urshela, who extended her left leg in an attempt to beat the tag.
Home referee Ryan Blakney called Urshela.
But Aaron Boone knew he was safe. The judge and Urshela knew it too.
The Yankees challenged the play and flipped over quickly, giving them a 3-2 lead right after the Blue Jays had tied it in the top half of the inning.
"I have not seen any of that in a long time," Judge said after the 4-2 victory on Sunday. "He almost got his left foot in there, but he had a good seat in the front row, and just when I saw him slide, I thought he had put that foot in. He defies the play and that's the ball game right there."
Jansen said he was caught off guard, and Stroman was impressed with Urshela's ability to avoid the label.
Urshela simply thought: "I have to do something to make it safe".
Boone was not surprised to see Urshela's incalculable effort during the past 91 games, and joined Judge to say that the Yankees might not be where they are, six games ahead of second in Tampa Bay in the American League East. , without the third. baseman
Urshela went 2-for-4 on Sunday, hitting the first two runs of the game on a single to left field at the bottom of the second. The 27-year-old is now batting .362 with 30 RBIs with runners in scoring position.
"I know that when you came here last year, you did some really good things in Triple-A towards the end of the year. But I think it's too much Gio, really just, "Boone said in response to how the organization has affected Urshela's game." When he came for the minor leagues, he was always a guy who made good contact, which can be a good signal and, sometimes, it takes time to bloom.
"I'm sure there are a lot of people who have followed his career in the minor leagues who are not surprised that he's starting to hit the bat now at the major league level."
Boone trusts Urshela's progress, and notes that batting coaches Marcus Thames and P.J. Pilittere have worked well with him. And with the adjustments he has made, Boone believes that Urshela has gone to another level as a Major League hitter.