Judge’s Big Night Fuels 9-4 Win
The Yankees picked up a 9-4 win over the Orioles in Tampa on Wednesday night. Luis Cessa got the start for the Yanks, going 4 innings, allowing three runs on four hits while striking out four and walking one. The O’s jumped out to an early lead on a first inning solo home run by Jonathan Schoop, but the Yankees answered right back in the bottom of the inning, taking a 2-1 lead on a two-run double by Didi Gregorius off of Baltimore starter Miguel Castro that scored Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton. Then in the second inning, Greg Bird hit a two-run single that scored Ronald Torreyes and Brett Gardner, and Gary Sanchez followed up by reaching on a throwing error by third baseman Tim Beckham, and the Yankees took a 5-1 lead. Castro closed out his start by recording a scoreless third inning, leaving in line for the loss.
The Orioles got two runs back in the fourth inning on a sac fly by Danny Valencia and an RBI single by Austin Hays, making the score 5-3. In the bottom of the inning, Aaron Judge broke out the big lumber, hitting a solo shot off of Jason Gurka to extend the lead to three. David Robertson came on to relieve Cessa in the fifth, giving up a run in his inning of work on an RBI double by Luis Sardinas to make the score 6-4 Yankees.
After a scoreless sixth and seventh inning for both teams, Judge struck again in the bottom of the eighth, this time with a three-run bomb off of Nestor Cortes Jr., extending the lead to 9-4. The score would remain this way as Chaz Hebert nailed down the win for the Yankees in the ninth. They move to 14-11 on the Spring, and will face the Twins tomorrow afternoon at CenturyLink Sports Complex in Fort Myers. Jordan Montgomery will get the nod for the Yanks against former Yankee, Phil Hughes. First pitch is at 1:05 PM ET.