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Yankees Highlights: Late rally comes up empty as Dodgers narrowly escape

The offense lay dormant almost all game, but couldn’t quite cash in when they needed to.

MLB: New York Yankees at Los Angeles Dodgers Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Last night’s satisfying victory was followed up by an equally frustrating loss. After pounding the Dodgers pitching yesterday, the Yankee offense fell almost entirely dormant. Their only rally consisted of a series of fortunate groundballs in the ninth inning against Kenley Jensen. Less fortunately, an oddly-timed timeout call prevented Gleyber Torres from scoring the tying run in a bizarre sequence, and the Yankees were left with a 2-1 loss.

Winner of the Game

Not as many appealing choices here today as there were in last night’s romp. We’ll go with Aaron Judge, who did strike out three times, but supplied the Yankees’ only offense with a laser solo shot to center field:

That gives Judge home runs in back-to-back games as he continues to look as though he’s broken out of the vicious slump that enveloped much of his summer.

Honorable mention: Chad Green struck out four across two perfect innings, as he’s hopefully put that five-run blow-up against Cleveland last week in the rear-view mirror.

Loser of the Game

The Yankees’ offense overall. Perhaps they can blame the undefeated foe that is LA nightlife, but Tony Gonsolin and the Dodgers staff silenced the Bombers a day after the Yankees exploded for five home runs. The Yankees managed only five hits today, two of which were infield grounders against Jansen, with Judge’s bomb the only one that went for extra bases.