Considering the Yankees led by five points in a rough home run stadium and came out of a day off Monday – after a 2-5 road trip – and had another dark day on Thursday, the moment of the move was curious.
The judge looked at the end of the round, took his glove and walked over to the clubhouse.
Yet after the Yankees clubbed the Braves in the first five innings and overcame a late botched defense to secure a 9-6 victory, Aaron Boone said the judge’s removal was done for the sake of precaution and the defender right was not injured.
“After four days on the lawn [in St. Petersburg, Fla.] and with a little leverage there, just trying to be smart with these guys. [Judge] really didn’t get that day and I want to make sure we’re smart with everyone, ”Boone said when asked if the judge was okay.
The judge looked good in the fifth when he threw his ninth home run into right field to extend the Yankees’ lead to 7-0. He went to 8-0 when Aaron Hicks scored as Mike Ford hit in a double play.
With Stanton gone for an unknown period of time, Luke Voit managed the cleanup for the second straight game and crushed a three-run homerun against right-handed starter Touki Toussaint in the first inning. Three more came in the third when Ford doubled up in a pair that went 6-0 and made the night look like a laugh. Ford added an RBI brace in the seventh.
With Jordan Montgomery not allowing a run through five, it felt like a stress free night. However, Montgomery gave up a three-run homerun to Marcell Ozuna in the sixth, a DJ LeMahieu ground error led to a run in the seventh, and Gleyber Torres’ ground error helped the visitors score two runs in the seventh. the eighth when Chad Green was called in to get the last two strikeouts. Zack Britton clocked a perfect ninth for his sixth save on six occasions.
“I really went after them. I had more confidence in my throws, ”said Montgomery when asked about the difference between Tuesday’s start and his previous one when he gave up five runs and six hits in four innings to the Phillies last Thursday in Philadelphia. . “I threw my cutter better and performed a lot more fastballs and late changes. The offense intensified and really got a lot of points for me. ”
These races have glossed over the icy bats owned by Hicks, Gary Sanchez, Brett Gardner and Torres. That foursome combined to go 1 for 13 and the success was Hicks’ infield single in the third inning. Sanchez did hit a ball with Toussaint’s right foot but was sent off early. He was also charged with a passed bullet.
With a 9-6 lead in the eighth and Tyler Flowers in the second with one out, Boone turned to Green for the final two strikeouts and the right-hander struck out Nick Markakis and ended the threat by putting Dansby Swanson on land in Torres.
With an 8-0 lead early on, Boone probably didn’t think he would use Adam Ottavino, Green and Britton late, but that’s how it turned out.
“We’re in pretty good shape, especially with the rest day coming back on Thursday,” Boone said of his pen. “We obviously didn’t play our best game, we were a bit sloppy in the second half of the game. But a great start from Monty and we rocked the bats really well. ”
And according to Boone, Judge did not lose to injury.