Boo birds fuel Yankees’ fire to stage incredible comeback against Orioles

Yankees' Anthony Rizzo picks up Anthony Volpe after he hit the winning run against Baltimore at Yankee Stadium on May 24, 20223

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Once again, the Yankees’ captain delivered when it mattered most, smashing a game-tying home run in the ninth inning. The team then secured a 6-5 victory over the Orioles in extra innings thanks to Anthony Volpe‘s sacrifice fly in the 10th inning. The Bronx erupted with excitement as the Yankees celebrated another thrilling win but not before the stadium crowd boos the team in a spate of anger.

Facing a precarious situation with a one-run deficit and just two outs remaining, Judge unleashed his power and hammered a poorly executed breaking ball from Baltimore closer Felix Bautista. The ball soared off the Yankees slugger’s bat and sailed over the outfield fence, resulting in his 14th home run of the season. This clutch hit not only rescued the Yankees from an imminent loss but also forced the game into extra innings, extending the suspense for both teams and the fans in attendance at Yankee Stadium.

With his fourteenth home run of the season, Judge showcased his exceptional power once again. It marked his eighth home run in the past nine games, highlighting his incredible hot streak for the Yankees. Since making his return from the injured list earlier this month, Judge has been on a tear, accumulating a batting average of .367 with eight home runs in just 13 games. Notably, he has exhibited remarkable plate discipline, drawing 12 walks while striking out only 15 times.

This remarkable performance is reminiscent of his outstanding form from the previous season when he set a new record in the American League with an astonishing 62 home runs. The Yankees power hitter has seamlessly picked up where he left off, solidifying his reputation as one of the league’s most formidable power hitters.

Yankees brushed off boos

Prior to Judge’s remarkable display, the Yankees had a chance to mount a rally in the seventh inning, but things didn’t go as planned. In a crucial moment, DJ LeMahieu, occupying the cleanup spot in the lineup, attempted to execute a squeeze play twice but was unsuccessful on both attempts. The Yankees found themselves trailing 5-4 at that point and were facing Yennier Cano, an outstanding reliever who had maintained an impressive ERA of 0.35, making him one of the top performers in the league.

Despite the previously missed opportunities, the Yankees managed to generate some offense in the inning. Gleyber Torres and Anthony Rizzo delivered singles, which were only the eighth and ninth hits that Cano had given up in the entire season. With the potential tying run positioned on third base and one out, LeMahieu, occupying the cleanup spot, tried to execute a squeeze bunt while Torres was the base runner. Unfortunately, Cano fielded the bunt cleanly and made a swift throw home to easily catch Torres, preventing the tying run from scoring.

As Bader’s groundout concluded the inning, a chorus of boos resonated throughout the stadium, echoing from the 40,652 spectators in attendance.

Trailing by four runs in the fourth inning, Bader smashed his fifth home run of the season to narrow the Yankees’ deficit.

In the following inning, the Yankees converted four hits into three runs, leveling the game. Building on Bader’s earlier home run in the fourth, he sealed New York’s three-run surge in the fifth inning with a sacrifice fly against Baltimore’s Kyle Bradish. This came after Rizzo’s RBI double and LeMahieu’s run-scoring single.

Bader’s well-placed sacrifice fly to left field allowed Rizzo to score, resulting in a tied game at 4-4.

Yankees' Harrison Bader hits a two-run home run against Baltimore at Yankee Stadium on May 24, 20223.

In the following inning, the Orioles managed to score the decisive run as Gerrit Cole yielded two singles before being replaced on the mound. Ron Marinaccio took the mound, but allowed the Orioles to take the lead.

The way to win

Once again, Aaron Judge emerged as the savior by crushing a 403-feet home run in the ninth inning off Orioles closer Felix Bautista, resulting in a game-tying score.

After facing two blazing 100-mph fastballs, Judge unleashed a powerful swing, sending Bautista’s 0-2 splitter soaring into the left-field stands. This impressive display marked his 14th home run of the season and his eighth since making a triumphant return from the injured list two weeks prior.

Upon closer reflection, the outcome doesn’t seem surprising in the least. With Judge’s heroics granting them a newfound chance, the Yankees seized the opportunity and staged a remarkable comeback, ultimately securing a thrilling 6-5 victory in the 10th inning thanks to Anthony Volpe’s sacrifice fly, bringing home the ghost runner Isiah Kiner-Falefa.

It was Judge’s clutch performance that made all the difference in the end. His timely home run, his 38th against the Orioles in his career, showcased his ability to single-handedly dismantle the opposing team. He truly stood out as a dominant force in the game.

Yankees' Aaron Judge hits a game-tying home run against Baltimore at Yankee Stadium on May 24, 20223.

Following a stellar performance by Michael King, who skillfully left the Orioles’ ghost runner stranded on second base in the 10th inning, the Yankees displayed their ability to deliver when it mattered most. With the assistance of a remarkable leaping catch from Volpe, the team capitalized on their opportunities and connected at crucial moments.

In the decisive 10th inning, a well-executed groundout by Harrison Bader helped Isiah Kiner-Falefa reach the third base.

Opting for a strategic move, Baltimore’s Bryan Baker elected to issue an intentional walk to Willie Calhoun, strategically positioning the potential for a double play. However, Anthony Volpe delivered a deep fly ball to the center field, resulting in a sacrifice fly, and he was swarmed by his teammates around first base in celebration.

Continuing their winning streak, the Yankees (30-20) secured their fifth consecutive victory and have now triumphed in seven of their last eight games. They showcased resilience by overcoming a four-run deficit in the fourth inning and later rallying from a one-run deficit in the ninth.

By securing a victory, they successfully claimed the opening game of a series against a rising AL East opponent, depriving them of a win. Aaron Boone acknowledged the strength and challenges posed by the resurgent Orioles (31-17) before the game, describing them as a formidable force and a team of high caliber.

Yankees Anthony Volpe is seen after scoring the winning run against Baltimore at Yankee Stadium on May 24, 20223
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Cole was not at his best

The Yankees’ top pitcher surrendered two home runs, one to Cedric Mullins and another to Gunnar Henderson, during his five-plus innings on the mound. In total, he conceded five runs on six hits and three walks. Despite the challenges, he managed to strike out two batters, reaching the milestone of 2,000 career strikeouts.

In the first inning, two of those walks ended up causing trouble for him. Following two consecutive walks with two outs, the situation was set for Adam Frazier to step up to the plate. Frazier connected with a powerful line drive that struck Judge’s glove before bouncing off, ultimately landing in deep right field. This hit resulted in two runs being driven in for the team.

After a promising start to the season, Cole has regressed to his previous form when it comes to surrendering home runs, a statistic in which he led the entire league last year.

Following a streak of seven consecutive starts without allowing a home run, Cole has experienced a shift in his performance, giving up six homers in his last four starts. As a result, his ERA has climbed from 1.35 to 2.53 during that span.

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