Aaron Judge’s bet on history ended narrowly after a fly ball to center in the bottom of the ninth went wrong.
But the Yankees still won four in a row and made the playoffs in dramatic fashion. In his 5–4 10th inning win over the Reds for the Sox, Josh Donaldson hit an RBI hit to left to score pinch runner Marwin Gonzalez. on thursday.
Judges did not hit a home run, had three walks, a strikeout, and a ball to the caution track, but had a presence on the field.
With the game tied, Tommy Pham led off the top of the ninth with a shot off the wall against Clay Holmes.
The judges played the bounce well and made a perfect throw to Isaiah Kiner Falefa to put Pham ahead for second.
After Holmes pitched a perfect 10th, Gonzalez pinch runner ran for automatic runner Anthony Rizzo, and after Gleyber Torres deliberately walked the ball, Donaldson singled out from the left side of the infield. .
The Yankees went scoreless in six innings off Jameson Taillon, but Clark Schmidt doubled to take the lead. He gave up four runs in a dismal sixth inning and was capped on a three-run homer off Reese McGuire.
After hitting three homers in two games on Sunday and Tuesday, Judge failed to hit a homer against the Pirates on Wednesday and hit just a few pitches in the strike zone in Thursday’s series opener.
On a breezy night with a loud, tense crowd similar to October, the Yankees faced Judge’s nemesis Michael Wacha, and Judge went 0-14 and had nine strikeouts against a right-hander. .
Wacha walked the judges with four balls to take the lead in the bottom of the first. Washa hit Rizzo on the first pitch in his next at-bat, and Torres flew out onto the left-center caution track, putting the judges in third.
With a runner in the corner, Donaldson grounded into an inning-ending double play.
The judges walked again in the third, this time with one out for a full count, but the inning again ended in a double play.
After the Yankees hit a double play in the third of the game to end the bottom of the fourth, they threatened against Wacha in the fifth.
Oswaldo Cabrera walked, Harrison Bader hit the infield, and Kinna Falefa singled in midfield.
Kyle Higashioka knocked in the first run of the match with a sacrifice fly, bringing up the judges with first and second runners.
Judge struck out, but Lizzo again walked for Torres.
Donaldson singled to lead off the sixth, and Stanton hit a two-run shot to right center to give the Yankees a 3–0 lead.
This was Stanton’s 28th of the season and second in three games.
Schmidt replaced Tyrone to start the seventh and immediately hit a home run to lefty Triston Casas, singled to Quique Hernandez, and walked catcher Yu Chang.
Pinch hitter Reese McGuire then slammed a home run into right center on an 0-2 pitch to put the Yankees in a 4-3 hole.
Against John Shriver, Higashioka hit a double into the right-center gap to lead off the bottom of the inning and, unintentionally, the judges were walked.
But Rizzo made yet another double play. Pinch runner Oswaldo Peraza made it to his third on this play, with Torres walking.
Donaldson ran aground to end the threat.
Aroldis Chapman and Lou Trivino loaded the bases loaded in the eighth inning, but Trivino did not give up the run and ran away.
Stanton started the bottom of the inning with an infield hit and moved to third as pinch runner Tim Locastro stole second and Oswaldo Cabrera grounded. Vader’s sacrifice fly equalized.