Yankees 3-11 Dodgers: Judge’s two homers fail to lift ream

New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone, right, takes the ball from pitcher Nestor Cortes as he leaves during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Saturday, June 8, 2024, in New York.

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New York Yankees 3-11 Los Angeles Dodgers

NEW YORK — The Los Angeles Dodgers extended their winning streak against the New York Yankees with a decisive 11-3 victory on Saturday night. Teoscar Hernández dominated the game, hitting two home runs, including a grand slam, and racking up an impressive six RBIs for the Dodgers.

Rookie pitcher Gavin Stone (7-2) maintained his impressive form with a home run from Kiké Hernández and a crucial RBI single by Shohei Ohtani. Stone has now won three consecutive games and has claimed victory in five of his last six starts. The Los Angeles Dodgers (41-25), having handed the New York Yankees (45-21) their third series loss of the season, aim to complete a sweep on Sunday night during their first visit to the Bronx since 2016.

Despite Aaron Judge extending his home run tally to a league-leading 23 with two more homers, the Yankees’ offense has been struggling. Since slugger Juan Soto was sidelined with a forearm injury in Thursday’s victory, the team has scored just three runs over the last 23 innings. This frustration was palpable when Giancarlo Stanton slammed his bat to the ground after a pop-up concluded the seventh inning.

Frustration Mounts as Yankees Fall Short in Star-Studded Showdown

Despite having five MVPs on their roster, the Yankees were overshadowed by Teoscar Hernández’s outstanding performance in their highly anticipated series against the Dodgers.

Hernández began his heroics on Friday night, breaking a scoreless tie in the 11th inning with a critical two-run double, leading Los Angeles to a narrow 2-1 victory.

He continued his dominance on Saturday, igniting the Dodgers’ offense with a solo home run off Nestor Cortes in the second inning. The Yankees’ frustration grew in the eighth inning when reliever Tommy Kahnle issued two walks, and Gleyber Torres committed his 10th error of the season, loading the bases. Hernández seized the moment, hitting a grand slam off a 2-2 changeup – his fifth career slam and 18th two-homer game.

His 15th home run of the season landed deep in the Dodgers’ bullpen, sending his teammates into a frenzy as he rounded the bases. This crucial hit extended the Dodgers’ lead to a comfortable 8-2 margin.

Hernández’s six RBIs, tying his career high, proved insurmountable for the Yankees. Freddie Freeman added a two-run double in the ninth, further cementing the Dodgers’ victory.

Although rookie pitcher Gavin Stone faltered in the sixth, Dodgers reliever Alex Vesia shut down the Yankees’ threat by retiring Anthony Volpe with the bases loaded, maintaining a 4-2 lead. This electrifying play thrilled the massive Dodgers crowd, the largest at Yankee Stadium this season, with 48,374 fans in attendance.

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Looking to avoid a series sweep, the Yankees will rely on the scorching-hot rookie Luis Gil (8-1, 1.82 ERA) in Sunday night’s finale against the Dodgers.

Gil, who holds the lowest ERA in the American League, has been nearly unhittable in his recent performances. In his last seven starts, he has achieved a remarkable 7-0 record with a minuscule 0.60 ERA.

Facing him will be Dodgers right-hander Tyler Glasnow (6-4, 2.93 ERA), who leads the majors in strikeouts with 104. The Yankees will need their offense to rally in support of Gil, who aims to maintain his impressive streak and level the series.

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