NEW YORK – One big swing from Aaron Judge could have wiped out an entire day of frustration not only for the Yankees slugger but also for all of the lineup.
But the moment that Judge hit the floor four times … did the boos really real?
“It’s the Bronx”Man Manager Aaron Boone, after the Cleveland Guardians evened the best-of-5 AL Division Series with the win of 4-2, 10 innings on the pitch at Yankee Stadium.
“This isn’t something new for us,” Judge stated as the series shifts towards Cleveland in the coming Games 3 and 4 this weekend. However, the momentum quickly shifts towards Lake Erie.
“Have some short-term memory about this and be prepared for (Saturday)” Progressive Field.
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Maybe a regular season record of 62 homers won’t buy the same amount of patience in October, as you’d think.
But they were more irritated grumbles than outright boos from 47,535 of the fans who saw AL’s top closer, Emmanuel Clase, nail the final seven outs.
Judge was struck 3 times by pitcher Shane Bieber and was one of Trevor Stephan’s four strikeout victims over four batters he faced.
In the ninth minute, when the crowd was getting back up, Clase got Judge on an easy groundout.
“I’ve been able to improve my game and that’s what it boils to,” Judge declared. “Especially as leadoff hitters I’ve got to get on base and make it happen.”
Timing and time
Friday was the Yanks play their only game for nine days. The time was which was made longer by the rainout on Thursday.
Even before the game on Friday, Boone wasn’t buying any reason for his team to lose. Judge wasn’t too keen, but admitted that he was “just a bit off on his timing.
“You are missing pitches that you could harm yourself on, you’re hitting things that you normally don’t have to, Judge said. Judge declared. “I believe it’s all about mechanics.”
In the two initial ALDS game, Judge is 0-for-8 with seven strikeouts and a walk. shocking for a game that is only a few games however “I’ve been through two bad games throughout my career multiple times,” Judge stated.
“It’s on me, my timing’s somewhat off and I’m going to have to make it right. This is what it all comes to, there are I have no excuses.”
Judges can’t handle it all on their own
Runs would be difficult to find But you already knew this about the Cleveland Guardians lineup that hardly did anything to improve scoreboards across the league this season.
You’re then reminded this new Yankees aren’t Murderers Row.
In the first inning, after Giancarlo’s fly ball sailed across the right wall of the field to hit a signature Stadium two-run homer in the first inning, the Yankees were 0-for-7 when they had runners scoring, and left 11 runners stranded.
Do they ever regret DJ LeMahieu atop the order and the stability that he offers when he is in good health.
They’re required to bat Judge leadoff and are starting an unproven rookie position on the left side of leftfield (Oswaldo Cabrera was 4-for-4, 0-for-4) because Andrew Benintendi’s located in Florida recovering from a broken hamate.
The team has the extremely inconstant Josh Donaldson, in a slow year on the offensive side, and is hitting no. 5 and Matt Carpenter only available as an in-between hitter after recovering from a broken foot.
In his first game since August. 8 Carpenter struck out while batting runners on second and first to close the sixth.
There are no off dates for this season, which suggests that the management of bullpen might be a concern in the future.
In Game 2 the Yankees employed six relievers however, none of them pitched over 18 pitches, possibly providing Boone the full complement required in Game 3.
He didn’t even dismiss Domingo German, who might be asked to throw several innings following Game 3’s starting pitcher Luis Severino.
If you’re going to watch Game 5 in the Bronx on Monday, then perhaps Jameson Taillon starts that winner-take-all game for the Yanks. Maybe he’s placed back in an area of high leverage relief which is a brand new position and one that didn’t work out well the previous day.
In Friday’s 10th inning, Taillon gave up two hit bloops, and also saw Donaldson make a throw-in error prior to Josh Naylor’s RBI long double scored the game’s second hit.
“Thought I had a shot to get a hold of Jose Ramirez at second, Donaldson admitted of his poor throw which let Ramirez to get third place in the 10th. “At the end of the day I tried to play. I’m okay with that.”
With his dirty, powerful material, Clase showed why he’s the top player in the AL by bringing the Guardians from an inning that was loaded with bases to close the 8th and then taking over from there.
Nestor Cortes not as Nasty
As Boone said in explaining the not-just-Judge’s-fault Yankee offense, “nothing’s been easy for us this year, espeically in the second half of the season.”
While at the same time, Cleveland has had its problems putting together runs.
In winning the Wild Card Series, Cleveland scored three runs in just two games in 24 innings in the series against Tampa Bay.
The Guardians only scored one run in the first 12 innings of the ALDS They scored two runs against Cortes who wasn’t exactly his best Friday.
Andres Gimenez’s soft, 2-out RBI strike in the fourth inning was followed in the fifth with Amed Rosario’s game-winning homer to the center of the field. The ball continued to roll out.
“They were patient in their at-bats”,” added Cortes who did not make any odd-angle deliveries in Game 2.
His best throw was made from the comfort of his pants with a one-hopper to the first base, which finished the fourth inning with his bases loaded after a leaping snare of an Myles Straw high-hop catch.