Aaron Judge powered the Yankees to a 9-5 victory yesterday with his first career grand slam.
The towering right fielder continues to impress this season, as he collected two hits to carry his .321 average so far this season. Michael Pineda held up his end of the bargain by allowing just three runs through six effective innings of work. The Yankees bullpen certainly made it interesting, but eventually locked it down with a four out save from Adam Warren.
Andrew Triggs was a victim of shoddy defense. Of the six runs he gave up, only one was earned. That run scored on a sacrifice fly by Aaron Hicks in the bottom of the second to pull the Yankees to within a 2-1 deficit. Everything changed in the third inning. Singles for Ronald Torreyes and Gary Sánchez set the table, then Matt Holliday reached on a fielding error by Matt Joyce in right field. Aaron Judge worked himself into a hitter’s count before belting an opposite field grand slam.
A Chris Carter sacrifice fly then expanded the lead to 6-2. Later in the game, Khris Davis of the A’s proved dangerous as he reached on an error to score a run and hit a two-run home run. But, the Yankees kept hitting. Gary Sánchez doubled into the left field corner to score a run, and Brett Gardner iced the game with a two-run double off John Axford to make it 9-5.
Joe Girardi was able to rest both Tyler Clippard and Dellin Betances ahead of today’s series opener with division rival Baltimore Orioles. That opportunity came on the backs of Chad Green and Tommy Layne, who soaked up 1⅔ innings before handing the ball over to Adam Warren.