It looks like Judge is adjusting to life after the All-Star break. Crazy, I know. They might actually win a series this weekend.
Judge hit a colossal three-run homer that almost soared out of Safeco Field, and CC Sabathia won on his 37th birthday as NY beat the Seattle Mariners 5-1 on Friday night. But it had nothing to offer on the home run, skipping right past Judge, who was slotted in the order between Gary Sanchez and Matt Holliday, as it measured all the other Yankees' at-bats. "We've got a good team here so I'm just trying to be a consistent part of it".
"It's baseball", he said. He allowed eight hits, but was outstanding when in trouble. The Mariners went hitless between Ben Gamel's leadoff double in the second inning and Robinson Cano's leadoff double in the eighth. The ball ricocheted to second baseman Starlin Castro, who threw back to Headley for what could have been an inning-ending out.
The Astros took an 8-2 lead into the ninth before Adam Jones hit a two-run double off James Hoyt, and Jonathan Schoop homered with two on against Chris Devenski.
It was all anyone could talk about during the Yankees' 5-1 victory over the Mariners. The veteran southpaw walked three and struck out five.
Gardner's solo blast came in the sixth inning, and Hernandez exited after seven innings, giving up just three hits while striking out a season-high nine and walking two.
"He made a mistake to Judge", Mariners manager Scott Servais said. Sabathia is 13-6 with a 2.64 ERA and 1.16 WHIP in 26 career starts against the Mariners and has shut down Kyle Seager (2-for-19, eight strikeouts).
The pitching matchup tonight has Masahiro Tanaka (7-9, 5.33 ERA) on the mound for the Yankees to face Ariel Miranda (7-4, 4.35) of the Mariners. Andrew Moore gave up five runs in his start to fall to 1-2.