How do you check 46,175 New Yorkers midway through the eight-run Yankees’ eighth inning? you walk aaron judge.
Judges’ fourth at-bat on Wednesday night came and went adversarially when he grounded out off of Pirates’ Miguel Jajule on the first pitch in the seventh inning. The main reason most of the Yankee fans at his stadium were stuck was watching the judges try to match Roger his Maris American his league record of 61 home runs.
After that groundout, the chase was supposed to continue into another night. But then the Yankees came on in the eighth inning and started hitting. And suddenly, Judge, who was the eighth batter when the inning began, is at bat for the fifth.
Standing, buzzing, queuing that anticipation. For those who care about the score, The result is 14 to 2The Pirates were falling victim to an avalanche, with the Yankees’ six runs already scoring in the inning, man second and first.? It looked like a judging moment.
But Eric Stout wouldn’t allow it. The left-handed reliever later said he wasn’t thinking about 61 or Maris or anything like that. But he certainly pitched as if he were, walking the judges on his four pitches that weren’t particularly close to the zone.
“The changeup has been a good pitch for me this season,” Stout said. “I think that was the game plan going into the plate. It doesn’t really matter if no one is there or the bases are loaded. I got [Anthony] Rizzo behind him as a lefty. The base is open this year, so it’s very good against left-handers. That was my approach.
“I’m not going to give [on] 2-0, 3-0, especially if there’s a lefty on the deck, throw something at him, no matter who it is. That was the approach. “
of the crowd reacted accordinglyas few crowds booed in the second half of the outburst by the home team.
Pirates manager Derek Shelton said, “I knew the crowd reaction was going to be like, ‘I’ve been to Yankee Stadium many times. Someone’s left when the score is like that.’ I don’t think you’ve ever seen one, but you know, everyone was in the ballpark.”
While the crowd was disappointed not to witness the history, the fans met the judges twice, got on base three times and scored two runs. That added to this assessment from Shelton when asked how his 55-94 ball club handled the judges after hitting 60 home runs on Tuesday:
“I mean,” Shelton said, “He hit one home run.