Judge’s return fails to stop Yankees slide in 1-0 loss to Orioles


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New York Yankees 0, Baltimore Orioles 1

BALTIMORE — Anthony Santander smashed a home run off Tommy Kahnle during the ninth inning, securing a 1-0 triumph for the Baltimore Orioles over New York on Friday night. This memorable event also marked Aaron Judge’s return for the Yankees, which unfortunately ended in disappointment due to the Orioles’ exceptional performance.

In his first game back from a toe injury, Judge accomplished a rare feat by walking three times. Despite his efforts, the Orioles exhibited an outstanding defensive display throughout the game. Their excellence was especially evident in the eighth inning, highlighted by Santander’s impressive lunging and sliding catch in right field. Moreover, second baseman Adam Frazier showcased his defensive prowess with a remarkable diving stop on Anthony Rizzo‘s ground ball while a man was on second base. Thanks to their stellar defensive performance, the Orioles successfully prevented New York from scoring.

In an exceptional display of talent, Orioles rookie Grayson Rodriguez delivered 6 1/3 magnificent innings, not allowing any runs, as he engaged in an intense pitching battle with New York’s ace, Gerrit Cole, who held his ground for seven innings. Félix Bautista (6-1) took charge in the ninth inning, impressively striking out two batters, maintaining the scoreless streak. However, Kahnle (1-1) couldn’t replicate Bautista’s success in the bottom half, as he gave up a powerful hit by Santander, sailing far beyond the right-center field fence for a home run.

Maintaining their position at the top of the AL East, the Orioles held onto a 1 1/2 game lead over Tampa Bay. Additionally, they widened the gap with the last-place Yankees, now ahead by a comfortable nine games.

The start of the game faced a delay of 2 hours and 32 minutes, but that didn’t dampen the excitement. In the first inning, Judge faced the first pitch and lined out to right field. However, his fortune turned as he managed to reach base in his other three appearances at the plate, contributing significantly to the team’s performance.

Anthony Volpe found himself on the receiving end of some incredible defensive plays by the Baltimore team, robbing him of potential hits not once but twice. In the fifth inning, his hard-hit one-hopper was snagged by the agile third baseman, Ramón Urías, who made a remarkable diving stop, denying Volpe a chance to reach base.

Then, in the eighth inning, Volpe led off with a well-hit fly to right field. However, the Baltimore right fielder, Santander, showcased his athleticism by reaching out and making a fantastic catch. But that wasn’t all; he didn’t stop there. Santander slid on his stomach across the grass, adding flair to an already sensational defensive play, leaving Volpe and the spectators in awe of his skills.

As the inning progressed, New York found themselves with two runners on base and two outs. It seemed like Anthony Rizzo’s grounder was destined to reach right field, which could have resulted in a crucial hit. However, in a moment of brilliance, second baseman Frazier made a spectacular diving play, thwarting the ball’s path and preventing the potential hit. His exceptional defensive move was a game-changer, leaving the New York team frustrated and the spectators in awe of his skills.


Saturday night’s matchup features New York’s Clarke Schmidt (6-6) and Baltimore’s Tyler Wells (7-5) taking the mound. Schmidt, with a record of 6-6, will have the advantage of extended rest, as his last appearance on the mound was back on July 21st.

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