With a runner on and the Yankees down by three runs in the eighth inning, Judge drove a 95 miles per hour fastball from David Price to the deepest corner of Fenway.
New York Yankees pitcher Aroldis Chapman has been struggling this year, and manager Joe Girardi has a theory as to why it’s happening. He has baseball’s highest slugging average and on-base plus slugging, and has drawn the second most walks after Cincinatti Reds first baseman Joey Votto. We gave them the third run, basically. “And lost a tough one (Saturday) night and (Porcello) threw the ball extremely well (in the first game of the doubleheader)”. A couple strikeouts here and there, but we’re winning, and that’s the good thing about it.
Price’s biggest mistake of the night might have been the defensive highlight of the year.
Judge almost brought NY within a run with his deep fly ball to center in the eighth, but Jackie Bradley Jr. reached up and made a spectacular catch to rob Judge of a two-run homer.
“It was special”, Bradley said. “I caught it, luckily”. “I thought we played pretty well and pitched pretty well”.
Yankees: Open a three-game series against Minnesota.
The team went 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position in the afternoon and couldn’t get a win for Porcello, who allowed three runs, but only one earned, through six innings. “It was electric. It was just a fun moment to be a part of”.
While the Sox have not had a significant problem with runners in scoring position most of this season, wasted scoring opportunities have been a pinstriped boogeyman against NY.
When the Yankees rolled into New England’s living room after the All Star break they were 3 ½ games behind the AL East-leading Red Sox and the deficit will be the same when they open a three-game series against the Twins in Minneapolis on Monday night.
“We’re going up, just trying to do our job”, Betts said.
Garrett Cooper, who made his MLB debut for the Yankees on Friday, doubled in the fifth for his first major league hit.