The BOSTON-New York Yankees left Fenway Park on top of the American League wild-card position after a three-game sweep of the Boston Red Sox, but suffered injuries away from home in the process.
In a stunning eighth inning Sunday night in which the Yankees scored four runs to limit an eventful 6-3 comeback victory, All-Star outfielder Aaron Judge removed a finger and Gold Glover Joey Gallo was hit by a pitch.
The referee removed his left pinkie as he slid his head first into second base after delivering a crushing two-run double against relief tool Adam Ottavino, which was followed by another Giancarlo Stanton blast to reach an eight-round eighth inning to the Yankees ’42. comeback win this season.
In treating the injury after the match, the referee, who stuck his finger back in place after seeing it displaced from the joint, was convinced that it would not be a significant problem and said that it was something he had previously experienced while playing basketball.
“Just by walking two there, trying to get in a position for the Big G behind me, and the biggest mistake was not to walk foot-first. I kick myself with it,” the judge said. “Appeared, really did not feel much, and when I somehow checked my bat gloves [and] I saw that it was a bit out of place. Tried to pop it back, it got a little stuck again, so just needed a little help. Not too worried about that. I really do not know what’s going on, but I do not really need it to hit, so we’ll be in good shape. “
He added: “I didn’t even know what was happening until I looked down there and saw that the finger really wasn’t moving or that it wasn’t pointing the right way, so the adrenaline was flowing.”
The referee’s double almost did not happen because Ottavino had several chances to get him out, first on a controversial call for a fallen foul tip, where catcher Christian Vazquez lost the ball in the transfer and a second time in a foul popup to first base. This fateful eighth inning followed the bottom of the seventh, with the Red Sox leading the Yankees 2-1, leading 3-2 on a wild course and two dropped popups, one by Gallo and the other by third baseman DJ LeMahieu .
“Ottavino is one of the best relievers in the game; he’s really tough on the right foot. I thought I would finish the first foul ball that fell in an ugly area, and then the one I failed flipped, and it falls behind the plate, “said the judge. “I felt like a cat. I felt like I had nine lives up there. But then I could get another track over the middle and just pick up my teammates out there.”
Referee was on second base when Stanton hit his third home run of the series. During the three-game sweep, Stanton went 7-for-12 with a double, three homers and 10 RBIs. According to ESPN Stats & Information research, Stanton became only the second player in Yankees history to record 10 RBIs in a three-game series against the Red Sox and joined Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle, who did so at Yankee Stadium in 1954. .
“Being on second base for another Giancarlo Stanton homer, it was pretty impressive. He did it back-to-back nights in big spots in a big series,” the referee added. “That’s what he does; that’s the type of player he is. He comes up in big moments for us and just keeps delivering, delivering, delivering.”
After Stanton’s homer, Gallo was hit on the shin by a 95 mph Ottavino fastball and had to be evaluated by Yankees training staff. Gallo did not address journalists after the match.
“He got smoked pretty well on the shin. I think he was able to get rid of it well,” manager Aaron Boone said. “We’ll see. We’ll see how he feels overnight.”
A team source told ESPN that Gallo “will do well.”
The Yankees’ victory, which ended their first sweep of the Red Sox in a series of at least three games at Fenway Park since 2015, gave New York the sole possession of the first AL wild-card spot. The Yankees now travel to Toronto to play the Blue Jays in a three-game series before returning to the Bronx to face AL East champion Tampa Bay Rays in 2021 to close out the regular season.