BALTIMORE – So far in this bizarre baseball season, there has been a four-month shutdown due to a pandemic and work dispute, followed by countless rule changes and an ever-changing schedule.
But one thing has remained the same: The Yankees may not seem to lose in the Orioles.
After the Yankees exploded a five-lead lead and saw the Orioles hit a homer forward at the end of the eighth, referee Aaron gave a blast of his own to save the Yankees in an 8-6 victory.
It was the Yankees’ 18th straight win over the Orioles – and their 17th in a row at the Camden Yards.
“Just do your job,” the Judge said of his approach through the pit.
Asked if he has ever felt his team out of a game, Aaron Boone said, “Absolutely not. Guys can hurt you up and down. So it happened tonight.”;
No one more than the Referee, who turned into a 3-1 fastball by Cole Sulser to give the Yankees the lead again.
But it did not come easily.
Luke Voit’s brilliant collision helped give the Yankees a 5-0 lead in the first, but JA Happ, who struggled with home runs a year ago, gave up on a pair of two-way homers on the way out. his first of the season on Thursday.
The first was to Hanser Alberto in the first and Rio Ruiz hit another in the second.
The Yankees got a chance to increase their lead in the eighth when Giancarlo Stanton continued his shocked start with a single walk and Aaron Hicks tore a double. But Voit whistled and Gary Sanchez, still looking for his first hit of the season, did the same to end the threat.
Still, after an interruption by Adam Otavino in the fifth storm cloud that rolled and two goalless frames by Jonathan Loaisiga, the Yankees were five away from another win when Pedro Severino took Loaisiga deep for a double kick at the end of the i To you.
The Yankees did not track for a long time.
Gio Urshela started at the ninth peak with a walk and moved to second in DJ LeMahieu’s only single on the right.
This is when the Judge, who hit his first homer of the year on Wednesday, came out to confront the overwhelmed Sulser and crushed him.
Zack Britton came on to close it with a ninth without result for his second save of the year in a game that was delayed for 94 minutes by rain before the end of the sixth. Boone called the delay “not ideal” given MLB protocols aimed at limiting team time in the park, but called the decision to continue the game “understandable”.
The Yankees have won three in a row – with two games not played against Phillies over the weekend due to coronavirus concerns – as they head towards Friday’s home opener against the Red Sox.
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Despite the uncertainty, the Judge said the initial journey was “excellent.
“We are playing baseball,” the referee said. “We have started. There are many things happening in the world, but being back and being able to play baseball is something special.”
Boone called the start of the season “2020” as it was full of delays, rain delays and other unforeseen setbacks, but he was pleased with the way he came out.
“It was definitely unique,” Boone said of the trip. “But 4-1 to start the season, you get it. Those were not really great conditions. The boys had to make some adjustments.”
Including Happ, who was falling on an eight-day break and would likely have spent longer in the game if the weather had not returned.
The 37-year-old said he was “in a bit of a hurry, probably in anxiety after we entered the table [in the first]. “
But he believes he will be able to sort things out – and he knows he can afford to make some mistakes thanks to his lineup.
“We have a lot of confidence in our work, for sure,” Happ said.