Afterward, Judge repeated his usual bromides about treating each day as its own entity and brushed aside questions about whether the strikeout streak or his current funk were weighing on him. But he did allow that he was disappointed about letting his teammates down.
“As the 3 hitter, I want to be that guy in position with runners on every single time,” Judge said. “It’s a little disappointing not being able to get the job done, but there’s nothing you can do about it. You can’t pout. You can’t cry. You’ve just got to keep working and move on.”
Judge also committed a rare mental blunder, lobbing a throw from shallow right to the infield and allowing Mookie Betts to race to third. Aroldis Chapman, pitching for the first time since he was demoted from the closer’s job on Saturday, absolved Judge by retiring Hanley Ramirez on a pop fly and striking out Rafael Devers.
Starter Sonny Gray kept the Yankees close, though the game ended up being the first of his major-league career in which he did not strike out a batter. Gray (7-8) allowed only two runs — on a two-out, second-inning triple by Jackie Bradley Jr., who drove in another run with a two-out single…