Aaron Judge’s previous three appearances have led to three penalties. But when he stepped to the plate on the ninth inning Thursday, it didn’t matter.
It only took one big swing – with binding and front racers on board – to make a memorable night unforgettable.
“I knew it was my time to go out and forget the past and become great for my teammates,” the judge said when called from Baltimore. “They relied on me. The weather is such that you have to get the job done. “
The referee came to the end, assuring the Yankees of their 18th straight victory over the Orioles after they shot an early lead at five. His second homeer of the year and second for so many days pushed the Yankees to a 8-6 victory behind at Camden Yards, betting on a bizarre trip to open the season, which includes four wins in five games.
After Jonathan Loaisiga hooked the lead at the bottom of the eighth, allowing a double shot at Pedro Severino, the Yankees’ long winning streak over the Orioles was in question. But after Gio Urschela took a lead walk and DJ LeMahieu headed out to the opposite field, the referee gave the Yankees the lead for good, rejecting Cole Sulser’s 2-1 offer and sending him back to the empty spaces on the left.
“I had a good look at the DJ’s base kick in the right field. A lot of terrain, I somehow pulled, and I didn’t really stay through it in the middle of the terrain, “said the judge. “Some kind of seeing a nice swing from the DJ locked me in. I just had to come big.”
The Yankees are now returning home to open a series of three games in the Bronx against rival Red Sox, who have won three in a row, with two competitions against Phyllis being postponed due to fears of COVID-19. There will be no fans at the stadium on Friday night, as the Yankees open their home schedule with 30 games, just another layer for this strange shortened season.
“We are looking forward to it. This team loves to play in New York, so we are excited about that, “said the referee. “It will definitely be different, opening the Yankee home without fans. This is one thing I always look forward to every year that this place shakes on the opening day for us. During intros, everything like that is something special.
“It will definitely be different, but we look forward to sleeping in our own beds and being home.”