Surveying the gorgeous ballpark carved into the lush farmland adjacent to the famed “Field of Dreams” movie set, Aaron Judge harbored just one complaint. The Yankees star wished he could extend his Hawkeye State visit to take aim at the corn field a few more times.
Judge marked the occasion by homering twice, setting the stage for Giancarlo Stanton’s go-ahead blast in the ninth inning, but Zack Britton surrendered Tim Anderson’s walk-off two-run homer as the Yankees absorbed a 9-8 loss to the White Sox on Thursday in the first AL/NL game played in Iowa.
The Yankees trailed by three runs going to the ninth. Tyler Wade singled and Liam Hendriks retired the next two batters before Judge cleared the right-center-field wall, drawing New York within a run. After Joey Gallo walked, Stanton sent a go-ahead drive over the wall in left. In the home half, Britton issued a one-out walk before Anderson launched the deciding blast over the wall in right.
José Abreu’s first-inning homer made history, the first AL/NL home run hit in Iowa. Anderson knocked a run-scoring double and Eloy Jiménez slugged a three-run homer in a four-run third inning. Seby Zavala hit a two-run shot in the fourth off Andrew Heaney, who has permitted 15 runs and 15 hits in 15 innings since being acquired from the Angels.
Judge hit a three-run shot in the third inning. Brett Gardner hit a sixth-inning homer off Lance Lynn, who permitted four runs and four hits over five-plus frames.