Aaron Judge runs through wall for spectacular catch to help seal Yankees win in LA

New York Yankees v Los Angeles Dodgers
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The Yankees held a 5-1 lead through six innings in Los Angeles against the Dodgers on Sunday behind 80 sterling pitches from Gerrit Cole.

Unfortunately, Major League Baseball is not, and will never be, a linear sport. Things got dicey the second Cole exited prematurely to begin the seventh inning, turning the game over to left-hander Wandy Peralta.

Peralta, who's been a bullpen stalwart since coming to the Yankees in an unheralded trade, didn't retire a batter, leaving relief ace Michael King to wriggle out of the jam with a 5-3 lead.

Luckily, that was as close as this one got; an Oswaldo Cabrera home run extended the lead to 6-3 in the ninth, which is where Clay Holmes wrapped it up. But baseball's a game of inches, right? And the eighth inning on Saturday sealed that reputation.

With a runner on and nobody out, vintage Yankees nemesis JD Martinez proved that elite Bronx-burning skills can transcend coasts. He socked a King pitch into the right-center gap, where Aaron Judge, on a full-on sprint, was there to secure the baseball, run through a fence, and ruin the architecture. He was ruled "out of play," and Max Muncy was awarded an extra base. He never scored.

Yankees slugger Aaron Judge earns Gold Glove running through wall vs Dodgers

Cole received cramps for his spectacular start in the California heat. Hopefully Judge received only chain-link fence burns, though someone in the crowd might've been singed by the laser he'd hit earlier in the contest to extend the Yankees' lead to 5-1.

This was a far more memorable game than Luis Severino's pitch-tipping fest from Friday night. Perhaps a hypothetical Yankees-Dodgers World Series wouldn't be so bad after all -- as long as someone other than Judge pays for the infrastructure repairs.