BOSTON – The New York Yankees left Fenway Park at the top of the American League wildcard after a three-game sweep against the Boston Red Sox but suffered injuries in the outfield.
In a stunning eighth inning on Sunday night, in which the Yankees scored four runs to cap an eventful 6-3 comeback victory, all-star outfielder Aaron Judge dislocated a finger and Gold Glover Joey Gallo was hit by a throw.
The judge dislocated his left little finger while slipping headfirst into second base after scoring a crushing two-run double against reliever Adam Ottavino, which was followed by another blast from Giancarlo Stanton to cap an eighth four-point inning for the Yankees’ 42nd comeback win of the season.
Addressing the injury after the game, the judge, who put his finger back in place after seeing it moved from the joint, was convinced it wouldn’t be a significant issue and said it was something he he had already lived playing basketball.
“I’m just going for two over there, I’m trying to get into a Big G position behind me and the biggest mistake wasn’t in not going my feet first. I hit myself with that,” Judge said. “Cropped up, I really didn’t feel much, then when I went to check my batting gloves [and] I saw it was a bit out of place. I tried to put it back in place, it got stuck again, so I just needed help. Not too concerned with it. I really don’t know what’s going on, but I don’t really need it to hit so we’re going to be in good shape. “
He added: “I didn’t even really know what had happened until I looked down and saw the finger really wasn’t moving or pointing the right way. , so the adrenaline was flowing. “
The judge’s brace almost didn’t happen because Ottavino had several opportunities to get him out, first on a controversial fumble call, where wide receiver Christian Vazquez lost the ball on the transfer, and again in a first base foul popup. That fateful eighth inning followed a bottom of the seventh in which the Red Sox, with the Yankees leading 2-1, took a 3-2 lead over wild ground and two abandoned popups, one by Gallo and the another by third baseman DJ LeMahieu.
“Ottavino is one of the best relievers in the game; he’s really tough on right-handed people. I thought I was going to be done with the first foul ball that went into foul territory and then the one I knocked down. and she falls behind the plate, “the judge said. “I felt like a cat. I felt like I had nine lives up there. But then I was able to get another throw in the middle and get my teammates back there.”
Judge was on second base when Stanton hit his third homer of the series. In the three-game sweep, Stanton went 7 for 12 with a double, three homers and 10 RBIs. According to ESPN Stats & Information Research, Stanton became just the second player in Yankees history to record 10 RBIs in a three-game streak against the Red Sox, joining Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle, who has him. made at Yankee Stadium in 1954.
“To be on second base for another Giancarlo Stanton homer was pretty impressive. He did it two nights in a row in big spots in a big series,” added Judge. “He’s what he does; he’s the type of player he is. He comes in the big moments for us and continues to deliver, deliver, deliver.”
After the Stanton home run, Gallo was hit in the shin by a fastball from Ottavino at 95 mph and had to be evaluated by the Yankees’ coaching staff. Gallo did not speak to reporters after the match.
“He smoked pretty well on his shin. I think he’s done pretty well with it, ”manager Aaron Boone said. “We’ll see. We’ll see how he goes overnight.”
A source from the team told ESPN that Gallo “will be fine”.
The Yankees’ victory, which completed their first Red Sox sweep in a three-game or more streak at Fenway Park since 2015, gave New York exclusive possession of the AL wildcard first place. The Yankees now travel to Toronto to face the Blue Jays in a three-game series before returning to the Bronx to face 2021 AL East champions the Tampa Bay Rays to close out the regular season.