TORONTO — Aaron Judge walked to the plate in the highest of the tenth with two outs and two on trying to put an finish to all this Monday evening.
With one good swing, the Yankees slugger might give the Bombers their first American League (*60*) title since 2019. With a very, actually good swing, he might contact historical past. He waited patiently because the Blue Jays swapped out relievers. He studied from the on-deck circle as Tim Mayza warmed up.
Judge walked again to the plate as the gang started to go loopy. And Blue Jays supervisor John Schneider held up 4 fingers. The Yankees and Judge would have to wait one other day. Clarke Schmidt gave up a walk-off, line drive single to Vladimir Guerrero Jr. because the Blue Jays rallied to beat the Yankees 3-2 in 10 innings in entrance of 34,307 at Rogers Centre.
“A sport on the road? That’s the place you wanna hit. That’s why I did all of the work to put myself in a place to go on the market and assist the staff out and I used to be gonna win proper there,” Judge stated. “But I belief each single man in our lineup and each single man on our bench and particularly the blokes behind me, Anthony Rizzo day in and time out all through this complete season has all the time give you huge spots, however in the present day we didn’t do it.
“We simply received to present up tomorrow and get it achieved.”
The loss snapped a seven-game profitable streak for the Yankees (94-59) and delayed what the staff hopes is inevitable. The Bombers got here into the sport with a magic variety of two, that means they want one win in this three-game collection to clinch the American League (*60*) and the No. 2 seed in the American League playoffs. The Blue Jays (87-67) dropped their magic quantity to clinch a playoff spot to three.
For the sixth straight sport, Judge didn’t hit a house run. He stays at 60 for the common season and one shy of the American League single-season and Yankee franchise report set by Roger Maris in 1961.
Judge is 5-for-18 with eight walks since his final house run, No. 60, which got here virtually every week in the past. His longest house run drought this season is 9 video games.
Right now, he’s not getting loads to hit.
“I do know no pitcher needs to be the one who provides up No.61,” starter Luis Severino stated. “So they’re pitching him fastidiously.”
In the primary inning, Judge noticed 4 pitches, lining a single into proper discipline. He ended up scoring the Yankees’ first run on Gleyber Torres’ sacrifice fly. In his second at-bat, Judge labored a six-pitch stroll. In the sixth inning, Kevin Gausman caught Judge an 85-mph slider. In the eighth, Yimi Garcia fell behind Judge 3-1, however received him to strike out swinging on a 91-mph slider that was low and away.
In the highest of the tenth, after the Blue Jays deliberately walked Judge to load the bases, Mayza received Rizzo to floor out to get rid of the menace.
In his second begin again since coming off the injured list, Severino was ready to get his pitch depend up to 76 pitches. He in all probability might have gone deeper in the sport, however some shaky protection behind him shortened his outing.
Isiah Kiner-Falefa hit his fourth house run of the season in the second inning. The 404-foot shot to left-center discipline was the tenth house run the Yankees have hit since Judge hit his final on Sept. 20. It additionally gave the Yankees a 2-0 lead. In the underside of the fourth, the Yankees shortstop helped give it proper again. With Bo Bichette on first, he let a Guerrero Jr. hard-hit floor ball eat him up. Severino walked Alejandro Kirk after which Teoscar Hernandez hit one off the middle discipline wall. While he admired that, Judge fired the rebound to Kiner-Falefa. Hernandez received a late begin out of the field after a gradual stroll and bat flip, giving the Yankees had an opportunity to get him at second base. But Kiner-Falefa fired house and couldn’t beat the second runner.
Severino was charged with these two runs. He completed the outing with three walks and hits apiece in 4 innings of labor.