The Yankees win sixth in a row on Aaron Judge homers, Kyle Higashioka

This game really put us through the whole spectrum of emotions – from the excitement over the home runs of Aaron Judge and Kyle Higashioka to the annoyance of unnecessary delays at the end of the round to the excitement of drama in the ninth game. . At the end of the day, anything that matters is a Yankees victory, and that was the end result.

This was always going to be a tough match against Rays ace Shane McClanahan, a performance that was confirmed when he burst out of the gate and fired off his A-game. However, it was of little importance to Judge, who placed a 3-2 hanging curveball opponent over the short porch to discover the Yankees an early 1-0 lead. In a game where the stars would probably dictate the outcome, Judge’s star shone most clearly on Homer No. 25.

Although they struggled to put together more base runners against McClanahan early, the Yankees made him work, raising his pitches to 42 by the end of the second. Unfortunately, Gleyber Torres regretted some of that work, and tried to steal as number two while McClanahan still had the ball on the mound, and TOOTBLAN himself to a lap finish that was taken to steal.

On the other side of the ball, Nestor Cortes played, and showed no hangover from this year’s worst play last time against the twins. He allowed just one hit through the first five innings – a Yandy Díaz double in the third – while hitting four.

The first crack appeared in McClanahan’s armor in the fifth, and the Yankees took full advantage. Josh Donaldson came in second with no one out on a dropped flyball by substitute midfielder Brett Phillips, who took over for Kevin Kiermaier in the third. Torres moved Donaldson to third, but Aaron Hicks struck out for the second time to bring Isiah Kiner-Falefa to the plate with two outs.

After McClanahan fell behind 3-0, the Rays deliberately went to IKF to face Higashioka. The easy-hitting catcher apparently took it personally, as he hit McClanahan to the point of a 1-0 fastball up and in, sending a 369-foot bomb into the seats to the left to give the Yankees a 4-0 lead.

Just when it seemed as if Cortes fell into a track that could carry him into the later rounds, a single brain teaser set his start to stopping in the sixth. After giving up a leadoff double to Díaz, he took his eye from a throw back to the mound, and got the donkey in the head of the ball. He reinforced his mistake by waiting for a teammate to clear up his mistake so that Díaz could advance to third.

It looked like Cortes was distracted after the incident, giving up an RBI double to Manuel Margot followed by a walk to Randy Arozarena. Just like that, his plot was over with the lack of concentration probably costing him a shot to complete the round. Wandy Peralta came in to get the last two outs, as well as a clean seventh, and knocked out three in the process.

It is difficult to know how to evaluate this start from Cortes. On the one hand, he was dominant for a long time, and got a whiff of eight stitches and a cutter. On the other hand, it was worrying to see his concentration go so fast in a big place. His last line: 5.1 laps, three hits, one run, three walks and four strikeouts in 91 places.

Miguel Castro came in relief from Peralta on the eighth and gave us a prototypical Castro outing, and got two quick outs before losing all command over his courses. He allowed a two-out double to Margot and beat Arozarena to put a pair on. This is where things got weird.

Matt Blake came out on a mound visit, after which Rays announced that left-wing Ji-Man Choi would pinch-hit for Isaac Paredes. This led to Aaron Boone asking Higashioka to stop while Lucas Luetge warmed up in the bullpen. Boone came out to change the pitch, but the referees forgot Rule 5.10 (I) (1-4)which allows a second mound visit during the same record appearance.

We were then forced to sit and watch the umps whirling around while we waited for the message from the MLB office before they finally allowed the pitching change. In came Luetge, who continued to give back-to-back RBI singles to Choi and René Pinto, and suddenly cut the Yankees’ lead to 4-3. Luetge then finally gets Phillips to fly out, and easily ends the most annoying half hour most of us have endured this week.

Clay Holmes came out to end the ninth in the middle of reports that Aaron Boone would not commit to keeping him in the closer role when Aroldis Chapman returns. He did what he’s been doing all year, navigating around one of the Taylor Walls singles to nail the save and secure the Yankees’ 4-3 victory. That makes it six victories in a row for the bombers and their 13th victory in a row at Yankee Stadium – a mark that had not been achieved in almost 50 years.

The Yankees go for a sweep tomorrow night with Luis Severino to face “something of an openerJalen Beeks (replaces the now-IL’d Drew Rasmussen). The first pitch is scheduled for 19:05 ET, so remember to join us in the game thread.

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