“I knew it was my time to come back and forget about the past and make a big deal for my teammates,” Judge said on a Zoom call from Baltimore. “They were counting on me. It’s times like this, you have to get the job done.
The judge did well, securing the Yankees an 18th straight victory over the Orioles after losing a five-point lead. His second homerun of the year, and second in as many days, propelled the Yankees to an 8-6 victory at Camden Yards, capping a bizarre opening road trip of the season that included four wins in five games. .
After Jonathan Loaisiga spat his lead late in the eighth, allowing Pedro Severino a two-point shot, the Yankees’ long winning streak against the Orioles was in doubt. But after Gio Urshela drew a first step and DJ LeMahieu picked one from the opposite field, Judge gave the Yankees the advantage for good, taking the start of a Cole Sulser offer 2-1 and the returning to the empty seats on the left. field.
“I had a good view of the basic DJ hitting on the right pitch. Lots of throws, I was sort of getting by, I wasn’t really staying in midfield, ”Judge said. “A bit of seeing a nice DJ swing locked me in. I just had to go big. ”
The Yankees are now returning home to open a three-game series in the Bronx against rival Red Sox after winning three in a row, with two contests against the Phillies postponed due to COVID-19 concerns. There will be no fans at the stadium on Friday night as the Yankees open their 30-game home schedule, just another layer to this oddly shortened season.
“We can not wait to be there. This team loves to play in New York so we are delighted, ”said Judge. “It will definitely be different, the Yankee’s first home game without fans. One thing I always look forward to every year is for this place to move on opening day for us. During intros, just like that, it’s something special.
“It will definitely be different, but we just can’t wait to sleep in our own beds and be home.”