The New York Yankees have been through a slew of different stages as the 2022 season is coming to a close. Injuries, on and off-the-field drama, and struggling stars have headlined some of the Bronx Bomber’s struggles in the second half. However, over the course of the last week of games, they have shown that they still might have the fire they had in the first half of this season. Superstar outfielder, Aaron Judge continues to shock the world with what he can do at the plate and in the field. All the while Yankee pitching has bolstered up its performance in shutting down opposing offenses.
Over the course of the last seven games, the Yankees have accumulated five wins and two losses, in a wide variety of game endings. Some have resulted in very close games, while others were complete blowouts from the start. Overall, the Yankees performance has left many fans satisfied over the course of the past week. The offense came alive in the majority of the games and amounted to a total team effort of 52 runs collectively. As the world continues to watch Aaron Judge as he chases history, the rest of the offense has begun to catch fire again.
9/14/2022 vs. Boston Red Sox
In their 15th meeting with the Red Sox this season, the Yankees brought the fire that they haven’t had against them this year. For the first third of the game, pitching on both sides were rock-solid and kept each other out of the score column. However, Gleyber Torres broke the game open when he knocked a single into right field that resulted in two throwing errors for the Red Sox. A single that would have only scored the runner from second base, turned into a “little league” home run for Torres that scored three instead. The Sox put up a few runs of their own in the run column, but the Yankees kept a pace all the way to a 5-3 victory.
9/16/2022 vs. Milwaukee Brewers
In their first game of a three-game set, the tone was set by the Yankees in the first two innings but the Brewers showed how resilient they are. The Bombers’ offense came out of the gate swinging a hot bat, garnering five runs in the first two innings. Although they started out very strong offensively, Yankee pitching couldn’t keep the Brewers’ offense quiet. Frankie Montas continued his struggle to pitch well and was pulled in the 4th inning after walking four batters, and surrendering four runs. Yankee offense was shut down pretty much the rest of the way and resulted in a 7-6 loss.
9/17/2022 vs. Milwaukee Brewers
The second of the trio of games between these teams resulted in a rather low-scoring game. Milwaukee’s starting pitcher, Brandon Woodruff, threw an absolute gem with 8 innings of one-run ball. The Yankee offense struggled mightily as Woodruff continued to mix pitches and speeds throughout the game. The only run scored by the Bombers’ was a solo shot hit by third baseman, Josh Donaldson in the 4th inning. Other than that, the Yankee offense simply didn’t show up to the ballpark, which resulted in another loss, 4-1.
9/18/2022 vs. Milwaukee Brewers
In an effort to avoid a sweep in Milwaukee, the Yankees’ offense came alive yet again for the third match of the series. The Brewers stepped out in front in the bottom of the first with a three-run home run by second baseman, Kolten Wong. However, the Yankees’ answered back with an offensive charge that essentially extended to the entire lineup.
Rookie, Oswaldo Cabrera, broke the ice for the Yankees in the second with a solo home run and then everyone seemed to follow suit. Aaron Judge went 4-5 on the day and added two home runs to his name, bringing his total to 59. Anthony Rizzo (31) and Aaron Hicks (7) both hit a home run in the offensive explosion as well. The Brewers’ put on an offensive clinic as well with eight runs on the board, but the Yankees were just better by the end. The Yankees take their only one of the three-game series with a 12-8 victory.
9/20/2022 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
The Yankees traveled back to New York for the start of their two-series home stand with the Pirates starting it off. This game simply did not disappoint as the Yankees’ made one of their best comebacks of the year. Going into the 9th inning the Pirates commanded with an 8-4 lead. Defeat seemed rather imminent for the Yankees as they faced a four-run deficit with only three outs to work with, but they had other plans.
Aaron Judge made history to lead the inning off, by tying Babe Ruth’s 60 home run season mark with a solo home run into deep left, 8-5. The Yankees then proceeded to load the bases for Giancarlo Stanton, who was 0-3 at the plate at the time. Despite struggling at the plate for the entirety of the game, he now faced the most important at-bat of the whole night. He didn’t miss his pitch. He sent a line drive right over the left field wall to walk the game off with a grand slam. The Yankees walk away with a W in the books, 9-8.
9/21/22 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
In the second and final game between these two interleague teams, the Yankee offense showed out once more. Destruction sounds like an appropriate word for what happened to the Pirates’ pitching staff in this one. The Yankees put up a total of 14 runs in what can be called a one-sided game from the start. Yankee starting pitcher, Luis Severino, pitch five innings of one-run ball and then the bullpen came in and allowed only a single run the rest of the way. Meanwhile, on the offensive side, the Yankees tore apart Pirate pitching, especially in the 8th. They amassed eight runs alone in the inning, led by Gleyber Torres, who hit two home runs in the inning. The Yankees win this one in grand fashion with a final score of 14-2.
9/22/2022 vs. Boston Red Sox
The Yankees and Red Sox started the first game of their last series against each other in the regular season with a good one. Jamison Tallion throw a great start with six innings pitched while allowing no runs. However, the bullpen struggled to keep the Red Sox offense quiet toward the end of the game. Both teams found themselves deadlocked at four runs a piece into the 9th looking for that go-ahead or winning run. However, neither team could do it and the game was forced into extra innings.
Yankee closer, Clay Holmes was able to hold the Red Sox to zero runs in the top of the 10th inning and sent his team into the bottom of the inning still tied up. The Yankees managed to get runner on first and second, and Donaldson didn’t miss the fastball thrown to him. He drilled the pitch into left field well enough for Marwin Gonzalez to score. Yankees win the first game of the series 5-4.
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