Who Needs Aaron Judge’s Home Run?
The Yankees ignited Harrison Bader’s hustle in the bottom of the eighth to win in dramatic fashion again Friday night without a judge’s home ring.
Judges again went on to hit 60 homers, No. 61, and the Yankees beat the Red Sox 5–4 at the stadium for their fifth straight win.
Vader won the game with two outs in the eighth inning, a pinch-hit by Oswaldo Perasa and a walk.
Vader took off in second place with Jose Trevino on the plate. Left-handed reliever Matt Strahm threw first, but his throw went off Triston Casas as Vader swiped second and went third on an error.
Then Trevino had another big hit. It was an RBI single to center.
Jonathan Roisiga pitched a scoreless eighth inning before allowing a pair of one-out singles in the ninth. However, he struck out his pinch-hitter Abraham Almonte and grounded out Reese McGuire to end it.
A scoreless second inning helped relieve re-injured Gerrit Cole on a home run, giving up two, including a tying three-run shot by Alex Verdugo in the sixth.
After Cole struck out JD Martinez to end the inning, He barked at home plate umpire Brian Knight and was sent offas did manager Aaron Boone, who came out to protect Furious Cole.
Meanwhile, another sell-out crowd in the Bronx wanted more as the judges went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.
He hasn’t hit a home run since Tuesday night’s comeback win over the Pirates in the ninth inning.
But Cole’s home run issue is more pressing for the Yankees.
After a two-out solo homer in the first by Tommy Pham, Cole cruised in the sixth when he ran into trouble after a one-out double by Quique Hernandez and a walk to Rafael Devers.
He beat Fam on the second out and saw Verdugo on a 1-2 pitch called the ball and thought he looked low.
Verdugo then hit a game-tying three-run homer into the Yankees bullpen in right-center.
Cole has allowed 10 homers in his last six starts.
The Yankees offense tied the game in the bottom of the third with a one-out solo homer to the left by Aaron Hicks.
Hicks, in his first game in the Bronx since being pulled in Sept. 9, was booed en route to the plate after two sets of mistakes.
In his previous three games (all away), Hicks went 12-for-5 with a homer, a double and five strikeouts.
After his home run, Hicks’ eighth of the season and 100th of his career, he hit another run in the fifth.
Isiah Kiner-Falefa singled to lead off the inning and Marwin Gonzalez walked before Hicks singled to left.
Flying left in third, Judge struck out for the second time against lefty Rich Hill. This is a 73 mph curveball.
Giancarlo Stanton flew right, but Torres’ double down on the left field line made it 4-1 for two more runs.
However, Cole could not maintain the lead.
Verdugo’s home run was Cole’s 31st allowed of the season, tying his career high.