Aaron Judge can’t be stopped as Yankees abandon Red Sox


A scorching heat wave may have left the Bronx, but Aaron Judge remains nuclear.The judge’s third home run in as many games, to accompany Jordan Montgomery’s solid first start, a home run from Gio Urshela and a dominant escape route from Chad Green propelled the Yankees to a 5-1 victory in empty Yankee Stadium in the home opener. the Red Sox Friday night, a game that lacked the usual buzz of games between blood rivals.

Brett Gardner ended a 0-for-12 drop to start the season with a two-run homer in the eighth. He also drew two walks. Of the 31 points the Yankees have scored this year, 21 have been through home runs.

A masked Hal Steinbrenner watched his burning club from the owner’s lodge. His late brother Hank was honored with a pre-game video tribute. The Steinbrenner Yankees have won four straight wins and are 5-1.

The judge’s third homer of the season erased a 1-0 lead by the Red Sox in the third inning. Urshela went 3-1 with an opposite homer to the right in the fourth.

Montgomery worked 5 ² / ₃ innings, allowed one run, five hits, walked one and poked four. In his last 14 games (13 starts), Montgomery, 27, is 5-0 with a 3.18 ERA since September 4, 2017.

Aaron Judge had a two-run homer in the third inning of the Yankees’ victory over the Red Sox.Poste de New York: Charles Wenzelberg

CC Sabathia, whose record was close to Montgomery’s when he threw and threw the first pitch Friday night, predicts Montgomery is heading for a solid season thanks to a chopped fastball.

“His cutter, of course. His speed was excellent. Me and Monty have a great relationship. I love this guy. … I think he’s going to be awesome this year, ”said a lean Sabathia. “I think he’s going to be great in the future. I think the more he comes out, the more confident he will be. He works extremely hard and he listens. He is coachable. The sky is the limit for him.

Green succeeded Montgomery with two strikeouts in the sixth and a runner in the first and put out six batters, striking out four of them. Working for a second straight game, Adam Ottavino replaced Green with empty bases and two strikeouts in the seventh and struck out JD Martinez on a harmless center ball.

When Montgomery went to the mound to start the sixth inning, Jonathan Holder threw up the bullpen and was quickly joined by Green. In his first outing of the season, Montgomery was at 66 locations and when he walked Martinez to start the frame, it was possible that Montgomery was about to be hooked.

He then gave Rafael Devers a 4-6-3 double play, but when Xander Bogaerts bounced a ground ball single down center, Aaron Boone called Green with a feather and he kept the two-point advantage. in play by getting Christian Vazquez on a field. shorten.

Urshela had boosted the Yankees’ lead to 3-1 in the fourth with a homerun into the field opposite right-hander Ryan Weber. Phillips Valdez replaced Weber to face DJ LeMahieu with a runner on the first and a strikeout. He forced LeMahieu to force Gardner into second place and struck the judge off.

Montgomery faced an immediate scoring threat from the Red Sox in the fourth when he planted Devers early in the set and gave up a single to Bogaerts. Montgomery failed to line up Alex’s slowly-hit grounder Verdugo charged up Michael Chavis’s bases with one out.

Chavis, who hit the home run to open the third, hit a Grounder in Urshela who started a late-inning 5-4-3 double play and held onto the Yankees’ 2-1 lead.

This advantage was provided by Judge’s third circuit in as many games. LeMahieu opened the frame with a single down the middle of Weber and Judge sent the next pitch over the wall to right field for his third homerun of the season.

Montgomery pulled out the first six Red Sox but was greeted by the Chavis home run leading to the third inning to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. Montgomery then moved into a position to give up extra runs by ceding a single on the field to Jose Peraza, the No.9 hitter, and a single down the center by Kevin Pillar.

The judge bailed out Montgomery by catching Martinez’s routine flight to the right and throwing it first where Pillar had strayed too far from base. He couldn’t beat Judge’s precise throw to Luke Voit who finished a late inning double play.


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