A captain’s sacrifice! Aaron Judge crashes into Dodger Stadium’s bullpen door for brilliant sprinting catch before hitting a home run in the Yankees’ 6-3 win over LA
- Judge hung onto the ball and stayed upright while putting one foot in the bullpen
- The AL MVP hit his 19th homer of the season in the sixth with a 113-mph line drive
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New York Yankees star Aaron Judge knocked open the door of the visiting bullpen at Dodger Stadium while making a spectacular running catch in the eighth inning in Saturday’s 6-3 win over Los Angeles.
Judge, 30, might have saved a run for the Yankees with his sprinting catch on J.D. Martinez’s liner into the right field corner with Max Muncy on first base and nobody out.
The AL MVP made the catch an instant before running into the bullpen door, which came partly open when he hit it, as a stadium staffer was sitting behind it.
Judge hung onto the ball and stayed upright while putting one foot in the bullpen, but Muncy was allowed to advance to second apparently because Judge technically left the field of play.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone briefly argued the umpires’ decision to send Muncy to second.
Aaron Judge saved a run for the Yankees with a sprinting catch near a gate at Dodgers Stadium
Judge crashed through the outfield fence, making a catch for an out of J.D. Martinez in the 8th
The Yankees led 5-3 at the time of Judge’s catch, and reliever Michael King retired the Dodgers’ next two batters to send this high-profile interleague matchup to the ninth inning.
Judge hit his 19th homer of the season in the sixth for the Yankees, putting a 113-mph line drive into the short left-field porch at Chavez Ravine.
Yankees pitcher Gerrit Cole stayed unbeaten with six innings of four-hit ball before leaving early.
Jake Bauers also hit two two-run homers for the Yankees, who rebounded from an 8-4 loss on Friday night in the opener of the high-profile interleague series.
Judge hit his 19th homer of the year – a 113-mph hit into left-field – in the sixth for the Yankees
Oswaldo Cabrera also hit a homer for New York in the ninth inning off Dodgers lefty Victor Gonzalez.
Cole (7-0) was sharp back in his native Southern California, striking out five with two walks and only allowing a run on David Peralta’s bloop RBI single. But the Yankees pulled Cole after a season-low 80 pitches, apparently due to cramping.
Clay Holmes pitched the ninth for his sixth save.
Michael Grove (0-2) yielded four runs over five innings for the Dodgers.
Rookie Miguel Vargas had an RBI triple as Los Angeles lost for just the third time in its last 17 home games.