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Saturday, November 26, 2022

Aaron Judge’s Two-Homer Game Isn’t Enough To Defeat The Lowly Orioles

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Aaron Judge is about to get a salary. It may not be from the Yankees, and it may not be as much as, say, Mookie Bets gets paid, but it’s going to be an obscene amount.

“Just trying to do my job like everyone else in this building,” said the judge.

Added Judge’s Gerrit Cole: “He just got better.”

Unfortunately for Judge, his two-homer effort on Monday night wasn’t enough to defeat the Orioles. Cole, who had already gotten the type of record-setting free agent contract that Judge might have in store for him, wasn’t quick enough to nab Baltimore’s indifferent lineup. And the Orioles beat the Yankees 6-4, with Cole scoring five runs on the hook.

“Just a weird night out,” Cole later said. “Definitely a lot of credit to him. Stuff didn’t get in our way, but they did a great job with what they were trying to do. ,

The ace of the Yankees was bested by Orioles starter Jordan Lyles, the worst pitcher of the past six years (500 innings over a minute), by a Vince Above Replacement. In addition to the judge’s two homers, Liles allowed only three other hits. He withdrew from the game before he was able to face the judge for the fourth time. Orioles manager Brandon Hyde wisely called Felix Bautista from the bullpen for the judge’s seventh-inning plate appearance.

Bautista ended up walking the judge with two outs and O’s one-run lead, but that’s much better than serving up a gopher ball that put the Yankees ahead. Instead, Anthony Rizzo moved to second and the judge took his base first, while Bautista focused on Giancarlo Stanton. His first pitch for Stanton was 100 mph, but a ball called, and a trip to a mound by catcher Robinson Chirinos helped Bautista cross the finish line of a difficult innings. He eventually eliminated Stanton with a venomous slider below the knees, thwarting the Yankees’ last legitimate chance to steal the win.

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Once Stanton went down to a seventh-place finish, the Yankees were left with a lousy lineup looking for a tying run. DJ LeMahieu started on the bench on Monday after playing both games of Sunday’s doubleheader, including 18 innings of defense, in extreme heat, and Joey Gallo, Kyle Higashioka and Josh Donaldson were all on COVID IL.

The Yankees had Gleber Torres, Isiah Kenner-Falefa and Aaron Hicks in places four, five and six. When they went down successively to end the eighth inning, it was up to Estevan Florial, Lemahieu – who had failed hits for Jose Trevino in ninth – and Marvin González. Florial’s leadoff walk left the door slightly ajar, but Gonzalez meekly entered a double play that ended things before the lineup could turn.

Lyles threw an unusually high 117 pitches in his 6.2 innings before being dismissed for Bautista. Cole nearly equaled him, scoring 110 runs in eight innings with 11 strikeouts, which eventually led to his defeat, his first of the season (4–1 in nine starts), and came just five days after defeating Ini O.

“It’s unfortunate,” Cole said. He said, ‘There were seven really good innings, so it’s tough. It is an undesirable result, but at the same time we are disappointed to have less than a handful of pitches here.”

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The man who staked Cole’s heart on Monday, 190-pound infielder Ramon Ureas, was entering the game. .207/.258/.298 and did not record an extra base hit against Cole in the last five occasions. But Yankee Stadium has a strange way of turning even the mildest banjo hitter into home threats. Ureas’ homer of Cole, who broke the tie in the top of the sixth, went 364 feet at a 27-degree launch angle. It is only a home race in half of Major League Baseball’s stadiums, but Yankee Stadium is one of them,

Loss is never good. The loss of Orioles is even worse. A loss for the Orioles when Cole goes eight innings and receives two bombs from the judge in support, is almost unimaginable. But as the radio voice of the Yankees is fond of saying, that is baseball. A sack fly in the ninth from the Chirrinos struck an extra run to play with the Birds and from arguably the most unlikely source in the league, the Yankees were presented with their third straight L, the first time they lost three this season. are frequent times.

“A little adversity,” remarked Cole. “I don’t know if the road is blocked or not. No one will feel sorry for us, everyone goes through such patches, and hey, that could change tomorrow. ,

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