Aaron Judge had three strikes in the last three plates. But when he stepped on the plate in the ninth inning on Thursday, there was no point.
All that was needed was a big swing – with a runner up and going – to forget a memorable night.
“I knew it was my time and to forget about the past and grow up for my teammates,” Judge said on a zoom call from Baltimore. “They were counting on me. This is the time when you have got to work. “
The judge gained all the rights, taking a five-run lead after assuring an 18th straight win over the Orioles. His second homer of the year, and second within several days, propelled the Yankees to an 8-6 win at Camden Yards, capping a bizarre season-opening road trip that included four wins from five matches Occur.
After Jonathan Loesiga took the lead in the bottom of the eighth, allowing Pedro Severino to score by two runs, the Yankees’ long win streak over the Orons was in doubt. But when Jio Urshella made a leadoff walk and DJ Lemahieu went on to win in a reversed field with one, the judge gave the Yankees an edge for good, offering 2–1 Cole Salecer and sending it back to the vacant seats Made way for field.
“I had a good idea to hit the DJ’s base in the right area. The judges said that a lot of pitches, I was like the middle of the bridge, not really in the middle of the field. “Like watching a nice swing from the DJ locked me in. I had to come up big right now.”
The Yankees have now returned home to open a three-match series in the Bronx, with the rival Red Sox winning three in a row, with two matches against the Phillies postponed due to concerns over COVID-19. The stadium will not have fans on Friday night as the Yankees open their 30-game home schedule, just one more layer to this strangely brief season.
“We look forward to it. This team loves to play in New York, so we are excited about it. “It is definitely going to be different, the Yankees are a home opener with no fans. This is one thing that I always see every year, that place becomes awesome for us on Opening Day. During Intros, everything is like that, it is something special.
“It’s definitely going to be different, but we’re just waiting for us to sleep in our own bed and be at home.”