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Why Yankees' Aaron Judge was mad before his game-winning homer

Why Yankees' Aaron Judge was mad before his game-winning homer”

The 25-year-old is disciplined at the plate, happy taking the outside pitch to right field for a single or drawing a walk.

Rookie sensation Aaron Judge hit two more home runs, including a drive that cleared the distant bleachers at Yankee Stadium and sent NY romping past Baltimore 14-3 Sunday for its fifth straight win.

"I've got to know with (Young) at second base, I probably have no shot at throwing him out at home", Judge said. He holds the record for the top 4 hardest hit balls this season, including the hardest hit ball in the Statcast era, a home run on Saturday night with an exit velocity of 121.1 miles per hour.

Facing a pitcher who struck him out with the bases loaded on April 30, Judge sent the ball soaring over the bleachers at 119 miles per hour off the bat and gave the Yankees an 8-3 lead. That was the longest home run hit this season.

That would be Tanaka recapturing, for a good portion of the game, the form that made him the Yankees' best pitcher during the previous three seasons.

Judge's monster season comes after a call-up in 2016 in which he hit just.179 and struck out 42 times in 84 at-bats. "That's the word - incredible". With only 89 pitches thrown, he surely could have kept going, but for Yankees manager Joe Girardi, why keep pushing the starter in what was then a 14-1 lead?

The only good news for the Orioles about their 14-3 loss to the New York Yankees is that they won't have to face the Yankees - or see rookie slugger Aaron Judge - again until the first week in September.

"I was getting ready to hit", he said.

"I think it's very important that we get these wins against teams that are right behind us", Hicks said. "Me and everybody else".

New York Yankees' Aaron Judge hits a double during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in New York, Sunday, June 11, 2017. The Yankees batted.636 against Tillman tonight and got on base at a.714 clip. oh, and since they hit three home runs, they slugged 1.700!

When you put the pitchers side-by-side, both have seen their opposing batting average skyrocket this season, well ahead of the MLB's.249 batting average.

Baltimore, now sitting in fourth place in the division, is playing some of its worst baseball of not just this season, but the last few seasons. "Up and down, even in the leadoff spot you've got guys that can hit homers", Judge said, in describing the Yankees starting lineup to The New York Daily News.

Orioles: RHP Darren O'Day was placed on the 10-day DL, retroactive to Wednesday, with a right shoulder strain. They outscored Baltimore 38-8 in the three-game series and have outscored opponents 55-9 in their last five games, all wins. He has lost five straight starts during the worst stretch of his career, charged with 27 runs in 22 2/3 innings including 11 home runs. It was his longest homer, and the catcher became the sixth Yankee to reach double digits in long balls.

Before the game, Judge said his parents would be in the Anaheim stands to watch their son's latest feat in the opener of the AL East leaders' seven-game California road trip.

The Yankees took a 3-1 lead on a trio of two-out RBI singles, by Didi Gregorius (four hits) in the third and fifth innings and Headley in the seventh.

The Yankees couldn't land a knockout blow to Meyer, but Didi Gregorius delivered run-scoring singles in the third and fifth, two of his four hits in the game, to give NY a 2-1 lead. He's really good. Like, historically good.

Jonathan Schoop hit a two-run homer but the Orioles mustered five hits and none after the fifth inning.

Cubs 7, Rockies 5: Addison Russell had a go-ahead home run for his first big contribution since an absence in the wake of a Major League Baseball investigation into domestic abuse allegations, and Chicago stopped Colorado's seven-game winning streak.

Adam Warren (2-1) pitched 12/3 scoreless innings for the win.



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