Judge hits 1st slam, Pineda and Yankees beat sloppy A's 9-5

Hazel Gray
May 29, 2017

Judge launched the grand salami in the third inning off of Oakland starter Andrew Triggs.

"I try not to listen to them", he said. Chris Carter then hit a sacrifice fly to give the Yankees a 6-2 lead. Torreyes followed with a diving play at third base.

Trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the third inning, New York Yankees rookie sensation Aaron Judge stepped to the plate with the bases juiced.

Judge is now tied with Mike Trout for the American League lead in home runs (16).

The Yankees are 13-1 when the 6-foot-7 Judge "does his job" by homering. Athletics manager Bob Melvin said he hopes first baseman Yonder Alonso (.275 batting average, 13 home runs, 30 RBIs) can return to the lineup Sunday after missing his third straight start Saturday because of a sore right wrist. "It's easy to pitch when you have your best stuff", Pineda said, "but sometimes you need to grind it out on the mound and keep pitching, and that's what I'm doing". CF Rajai Davis was rested in favor of Mark Canha, who batted leadoff for the first time in his major league career. He went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts.

NOTES: Oakland RHP Kendall Graveman (right shoulder soreness) will be placed on the 10-day disabled list Monday, though this absence is expected to last longer than his first DL stint last month. He said he felt strong and experienced no pain.

Judge's homer propelled the Yankees to a 9-5 win, their second consecutive victory in this three-game series. The 25-year-old ripped his first career grand slam - a long shot to right field - that put his club ahead for good.

First-place NY (28-18) didn't record a hit Saturday until Matt Holliday swatted a two-run homer with two out in the sixth inning and finished with only two after Starlin Castro followed with a single. Manager Joe Girardi has credited Pineda's success to more movement on his fastball, which is breaking two more inches, on average, than it did previous year, according to Fangraphs.

Yankees: Begin a seven-game road trip Monday afternoon in Baltimore, with rookie LHP Jordan Montgomery (2-3, 4.30 ERA) on the mound against Orioles RHP Dylan Bundy (5-3, 2.92).

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