The New York Yankees escaped Fridayâ€™s game against the Baltimore orioles with a victory in 11 innings. With Baltimore scoring in the top of the 10th, the Bombers bounced right back, with DJ LeMahieu hitting a single to right field, driving in Tyler Wade from second base.
Tying up the ball game, the Yankees recorded a double play in the top of the 11th as Ryan Mountcastle had a big lead off second base in a line drive to shortstop to end the game. However, this was a battle for a team that shouldâ€™ve easily beaten a poor Baltimore squad. Thankfully, the pairing of Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton once again lifted the Yanks. They combined for three hits and two RBIs, including Stanton’s walk-off single that drove Judge in from second base.
While manager Aaron Boone will be happy about the win, the Yankees turn around on Saturday afternoon with Jordan Montgomery on the mound. Baltimore will feature Chris Ellis as the starter. He has only pitched 11.2 innings this year — the Yankees have a great opportunity to gain some essential momentum as the regular season starts to wind down to an end.
Luckily, the Bombers escaped a potentially serious injury with Gio Urshela, after falling on his hand against the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday. Urshela enjoyed negative MRI results, indicating he will be day-to-day in his return to the top team.
â€œNot much there, so that was encouraging,â€ Boone said before Friday’s win over Baltimore.
Urshela has missed a bit of time this season, playing in just 90 games. Heâ€™s hitting .263 with 11 homers and 41 RBIs, representing one of the Yankees’ most consistent hitters and best defensive players. In the meantime, Rougned Odor has featured on the hot corner as a supplement, but the team is patiently waiting to the return of Gio, who has the spot all but locked down.