A game against the Orioles in early April? That should be a low-stress affair for the Yankees. Instead, Saturday night’s matchup turned into a wild contest, with thrilling highs and frustrating lows. Here’s are a few highlights:
Winner of the Game
Clint Frazier earned this. With the Yankees down by a run in the eighth inning, he came to the plate with two runners on and two out. Frazier found himself in a two-strike count, and fans questioned if he could get the job done. The outfielder then crushed a three-run bomb to left field, giving the good guys a 6-4 lead. That was incredible.
Honorable Mention: Aaron Judge entered Saturday night’s game, the eighth of the season, without any home runs. He corrected that in stunning fashion by crushing two monstrous homers against the Orioles. Judge’s moonshots combined to travel about 830 feet. His batting line for the season now sits at .290/.405/.516 (167 wRC+). That will play just fine.
Loser of the Game
Aaron Boone hasn’t been a popular figure around here these days. Tonight’s game won’t help that. The Yankees manager left middle reliever Jonathan Holder in for way too long, and that resulted in a few runs scoring in the seventh inning. As the YES booth noted, why squeeze extra outs from Holder when Adam Ottavino was available?
Honorable Mention: Gary Sanchez