Yankees blocked by Brewers as Aaron Judge is homeless


MILWAUKEE — Two disturbing trends continued for the Yankees on Saturday night: When Aaron Judge doesn’t homer, they don’t win and their road struggles persisted.

The Yankees have lost eight of the last 12 games in which Judge was held without a hit, including that 4-1 loss to the Brewers, after which their AL East lead over the second-placed Blue Jays fell to 4 games and a half thanks to Victory of Toronto over Baltimore. The Blue Jays have won four of their last five games.

The loss also dropped the Yankees to 10-22 on the road since July 9, when their once-historic season began to take a turn for the worse.

The Yankees’ inability to win without Judge’s power is hardly a surprise, given the rest of the roster’s lack of production.

While Judge, the leadoff batter, reached base twice, he remained at 57 homers and most of his teammates – including Giancarlo Stanton – again struggled at home plate. Hitting just behind Judge, Stanton struck out in his four at-bats and blew 11 times in his last four games.

Jameson Taillon grimaces after allowing a three-run homer to Willy Adames in the Yankees’ 4-1 loss to the Brewers.
New York Post: Charles Wenzelberg

The Yankees’ lone run came on Josh Donaldson’s homer to lead the start of the fourth against right-hander Brandon Woodruff, who also struck out 10 in eight innings.

Woodruff easily edged Jameson Taillon, who was battered for four runs in five innings, with the big hit coming from shortstop Willy Adames, who hit his second three-run homer against the Yankees in as many nights.

That loss came one night after the Yankees blew a five-point lead and lost 7-6 to the Brewers. After leaving 11 runners on base Friday, the Yankees blocked a runner on second base in each of the first three innings on Saturday.

Josh Donaldson's solo homer in the fourth inning was the Yankees' only run.
Josh Donaldson’s solo homer in the fourth inning was the Yankees’ only run.
New York Post: Charles Wenzelberg

Adames hit his three-point shot late in the third to give the Brewers a 3-0 lead.

Donaldson followed that up by leading the fourth with his 15th homer of the season, also going deep on consecutive nights, to make it 3-1.

Miguel Andujar then reached on a two-base throwing error by Adames. The Brewers shortstop came back to make a nice play on the floor of Oswaldo Cabrera to his left, however, and Andujar got stuck at second as Woodruff came out of the inning.

Brewers second baseman Kolten Wong knocks out Oswald Peraza in the seventh inning of the Yankees' loss.
Brewers second baseman Kolten Wong knocks out Oswald Peraza in the seventh inning of the Yankees’ loss.

The Yankees fell even further behind in the fifth — after leaving another runner in scoring position at the top of the inning — when Christian Yelich hit a double into the right corner of the field to score Garrett Mitchell from first base.

With Yelich in third, Adames hit a fly ball to the right, but Yelich decided against trying to test Judge’s arm and it remained a three-point game.

It didn’t matter, as the Yankees finished 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position on the night, with their hopes tied to the return of Anthony Rizzo on Sunday and DJ LeMahieu and Harrison Bader at the next homestand. .

“We’re still beaten and beaten,” manager Aaron Boone said before the game. “But we’re also excited to have some key guys back.”

For now, Judge is the only player performing consistently.



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