The previous three appearances at Aaron Judge sparked three strikes. But when he entered the plate on the ninth Thursday inning, that didn’t matter.
All he needed was a big swing – with the ties and runners on board – to turn a forgettable night into a memorable one.
“I knew it was my time to come and forget about the past and introduce myself to my teammates,” the judge said in a Baltimore Zoom call. “They were counting on me. That’s how you have to get the job done. “
The judge was fine, assuring the Yankees an 18th victory over the Orioles after pitching with the first five minutes. His second game of the year, and his second in as many days, propelled the Yankees to an 8-6 victory behind Camden Yards, leading a strange trip for the opening season that included four wins. in five matches.
After Jonathan Loaisiga increased the lead in the eighth half, which allowed a two-round shot to Pedro Severino, the doubt of the Yankees’ victory over the Orioles was beyond doubt. But after Gio Urshela headed to the front line and DJ LeMahieu took to the opposing field, the referee gave the Yankees the lead to get a 2-1 lead from Cole Sulser and sent him into the empty seats on the left. . rural area.
“I had a good view of the DJ base on the right field. It was a lot of throws, which I liked, I didn’t really stay in the middle of the field, ”the judge said.“ The kind of watching a good DJ swing shut me down. I just had to grow up. “
The Yankees are now returning home to open a three-game series at The Bronx against rival Red Sox having won three in a row, with two contests against the Phillies postponed due to COVID-19 concerns. There will be no fans at the Stadium Friday night as the Yankees open their 30-game home calendar, just one more layer for this weird abbreviated season.
“It simply came to our notice then. This team loves to play in New York, so we are excited about that, ”said Judge. “It will definitely be different, Yankee opener, no fans. That’s something I always look forward to every year is that the place becomes an open day for us. During the presentations, everything is like that, it’s something special.
“It will definitely be different, but we look forward to sleeping in our beds and being home.”