The Yankees won their fifth straight game on Saturday night, defeating the Red Sox 5-4 in a wild comeback that capped a three-game sweep. Aaron Judge and Joey Gallo both left the game with injuries, but it was an exciting win for New York nonetheless.
Aaron Judge, Joey Gallo banged up in Yankees’ wild comeback win that caps sweep of Red Sox
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ESPN Writer Marly Rivera
- Marly Rivera is an ESPNdeportes.com and ESPN.com journalist.
BOSTON (CBS) — After a three-game sweep of the Boston Red Sox, the New York Yankees departed Fenway Park atop the American League wild-card rankings, but they did so with injuries in the outfield.
All-Star outfielder Aaron Judge dislocated a finger and Gold Glover Joey Gallo was struck by a pitch in a thrilling eighth inning Sunday night, when the Yankees scored four runs to complete an exciting 6-3 comeback victory.
After hitting a devastating two-run double against reliever Adam Ottavino, Judge dislocated his left pinkie diving headfirst into second base, which was followed by yet another Giancarlo Stanton bomb to complete a four-run eighth inning for the Yankees’ 42nd comeback victory of the season.
Judge, who snapped his finger back into place after seeing it displaced from the joint during the game, was sure that the injury would not be a major problem, and claimed it was something he had previously encountered when playing basketball.
“I was just aiming for two there, trying to get into one position for Big G behind me, and my greatest error was not going feet-first. That’s something I’m punishing myself over “The judge said. “Popped up, didn’t feel too bad, and then I went to check my batting gloves and saw it was a little out of position. I tried putting it back in, but it became stuck again, so I needed some assistance. It doesn’t bother me too much. I have no idea what’s going on, but I don’t think it matters since we’re going to be OK.”
“I didn’t even know what happened until I glanced down there and noticed that the finger wasn’t moving or wasn’t pointing in the correct direction, so adrenaline started rushing,” he said.
Ottavino had multiple chances to get Judge out, the first on a contentious ruling of a dropped foul tip, when catcher Christian Vazquez missed the ball in the transfer, and the second on a foul popup to first base. The Red Sox grabbed a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the seventh inning after a wild pitch and two missed popups, one by Gallo and the other by third baseman DJ LeMahieu, with the Yankees leading 2-1.
“Ottavino is one of the greatest relievers in baseball, and he’s particularly difficult on right-handed batters. I believed I was done with the first foul ball that landed in foul area, but then I foul tipped another one that landed behind the plate “The judge said. “I had the sensation of being a cat. Up there, I felt like I had nine lives. But then I was able to get another pitch over the middle and just pick up my teammates.”
Stanton blasted his third home run of the series while Judge was at second base. Stanton was 7-for-12 with a double, three home runs, and 10 RBIs in the three-game sweep. Stanton joined Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle, who accomplished it at Yankee Stadium in 1954, as the only players in Yankees history to record 10 RBIs in a three-game series against the Red Sox, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
“It was very amazing to be on second base for another Giancarlo Stanton home run. In a major series, he accomplished it back-to-back nights in key situations “The judge went on to say “That’s what he does and who he is as a player. He always shows up in huge situations for us and keeps delivering, delivering, delivering.”
Gallo was struck on the shin by a 95 mph Ottavino fastball after Stanton’s home run and had to be examined by the Yankees medical staff. After the game, Gallo did not speak to the media.
“On the shin, he was burned fairly badly. I believe he was able to get away with it quite effectively “said Aaron Boone, the team’s manager. “We’ll have to wait and see. We’ll see how he is in the morning.”
Gallo “will be OK,” according to a club source.
The Yankees’ victory earned them sole control of the top AL wild-card position, since it was their first sweep of the Red Sox in a series of at least three games at Fenway Park since 2015. The Yankees will now travel to Toronto for a three-game series against the Blue Jays before returning to the Bronx to finish the regular season against the AL East champion Tampa Bay Rays in 2021.
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