Yankees 5-3 Tigers: Despite Judge ejection, Rizzo leads Yanks as jedi on Star Wars day win

Anthony Rizzo in action against the Detroit Tigers during the Yankees' 2-1 victory on May 4, 2024.
Amanda Paula
Saturday May 4, 2024

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New York Yankees 5-3 Detroit Tigers

On “Star Wars” day at Yankee Stadium, Anthony Rizzo emerged as a beacon of hope for the New York Yankees, leading them to overcome their recent hurdles without the assistance of Obi-Wan Kenobi. Despite Aaron Judge’s unexpected ejection, marking a significant moment in his career, the Yankees rallied together and demonstrated resilience akin to a galactic force, ultimately securing a 5-3 win triumph over the Detroit Tigers.

How it happened

In Saturday’s game, Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge, and Anthony Rizzo played crucial roles once again after their heroics in Friday’s comeback win. Each contributed with RBI hits, signaling a positive shift for the Yankees, who had struggled to score more than two runs in their previous six games.

Judge’s performance, going 2-for-4, marked a notable improvement with his first multi-hit game in six outings. However, his day took a sour turn in the seventh inning when he was ejected by home-plate umpire Ryan Blakney for disputing a called third strike. The incident marred an otherwise eventful day, which saw Anthony Rizzo’s impressive three-run homer in the fourth inning.

Pitcher Clarke Schmidt showcased his skills, tallying seven strikeouts over five innings while conceding three runs on four hits. His command of the mound, featuring a sharp cutter and a devastating knuckle curve, contributed to his season record of 3-1 with a 3.50 ERA.

The Yankees embraced the spirit of May 4th with a “Star Wars”-themed celebration, adding a touch of whimsy to the game. From pregame parades featuring iconic characters to distributing Gerrit Cole Jedi bobbleheads, the team created a festive atmosphere.

The game itself saw a back-and-forth battle, with the Tigers striking first with a leadoff home run off Schmidt. However, the Yankees quickly responded, with Stanton’s RBI single and Judge’s subsequent double giving them the lead. Rizzo’s towering blast further solidified their advantage.

Despite Judge’s ejection and a late surge from the Tigers, the Yankees managed to hold on for a 5-3 victory. Schmidt’s occasional struggles were offset by the bullpen’s stellar performance, extending their streak to 23.1 innings without conceding an earned run. Closer Clay Holmes sealed the win with a flawless four-out save, maintaining his perfect 0.00 ERA for the season.

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Up next

Looking ahead to Sunday’s matchup, the Yankees aim to complete a sweep against the formidable Tarik Skubal and the Tigers. With Nestor Cortes set to start for the Yankees, anticipation is high for another thrilling showdown on the diamond.

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