Judge was penciled in as the designated hitter and batted second for the Yankees. He walked three times and lined out in his only at-bat. The reigning American League MVP showed no signs of rust, but the rest of the Yankees lineup was unable to produce much offense.
The Orioles, meanwhile, got a strong pitching performance from Jordan Lyles. Lyles allowed just four hits over seven innings, striking out four and walking one. The Orioles’ lone run came on a walk-off home run by Anthony Santander in the bottom of the ninth inning.
The loss dropped the Yankees to 49-43 on the season. They are currently in fourth place in the American League East, 10 games behind the first-place Boston Red Sox.
Judge’s return was a boost for the Yankees, but it wasn’t enough to prevent them from losing to the Orioles. The Yankees’ offense has been struggling all season, and it’s clear that they need more production from their bats if they want to make a run at the playoffs.
Judge’s toe injury was a significant setback for the Yankees, but he’s now back in the lineup and hopefully he can help the team get back on track. The Yankees have a tough schedule coming up, but if they can get their offense going, they’ll be in good shape.