There’s not much to say about how the Yankees played, other than it wasn’t good enough tonight. They made several misplays that aided the Marlins in key moments, and they got some bad breaks from circumstances out of their control as well. The score was a close one, a 4-3 loss in 10 innings, but it felt pretty deflating and there was clearly some frustration in the pinstripes dugout.
Winners of the Game
Aaron Judge is getting his feet back under him, and he got a big base hit in tonight’s game. Down 3-2 in the eighth with a runner on and two men out, Judge looped a single into right field to score the pinch-runner Mike Tauchman and tie the game. Judge went 2-for-4 overall, but the baseknock brings him one step closer to becoming the red-hot slugger that the team needs right now. Aaron Hicks also delivered a big hit of his own, lacing a double out to left that brought home a pair of runners.
Gio Urshela may have gone 0-for at the plate, but he made up for it with some dazzling defense at the hot corner. Urshela has made some amazing plays start to look common when he’s out there, and it’s a sight to see every time.
Honorable Mention: J.A. Happ, for turning in a decent start and completing a solid season
Losers of the game
While Urshela shined at third, there were still plenty of mistakes fundamentally from the Yankees. Urshela had a booted play of his own, and Gleyber Torres misfired on a throw just two plays later, but those were eventually harmless mistakes. Kyle Higashioka committed the biggest mistake of the night by throwing a ball into the back of a runner during a rundown in the 10th, allowing him to retreat to third base and ultimately scoring on a sac fly. He then popped up a bunt attempt in the bottom half of the inning, and only a double-steal bailed out that mistake. It was not a clean game of baseball from the Yankees, and that has plagued them throughout this season.
Honorable Mention: The umpires