Aaron Judge's eighth-inning homer prompted MVP chants ... at Angel Stadium

Hazel Gray
June 14, 2017

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'm really not quite sure what that has to do with hitting the ball a mile but it just makes Judge all the more awesome.

"When you go out there and you've got six runs in one inning, you just have to make pitches and throw strikes", Severino said.

Gary Sanchez capped off the Yankees unreal power-hitting performance with a bullet line-drive homer in the eighth inning that had an exit velocity of (a mere) 115 miles per hour and a launch angle of 15 degrees. That's right - the Yankees rookie sensation now has a Triple Crown. The Miami Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton holds the all-time record at 504 feet. "They have some big right-handed bats and he did a good job". "That's the word - incredible".

However, Yankees manager Joe Girardi is still doing everything he can to try to figure out the reason for Tanaka's erratic season so far. "His power's special. This is not something you see every day". The team's 14-3 loss to New York June 11 before a sellout crowd of 46,348 was another sobering reminder that the season may already be slipping away. An opposite field shot a row or two back.

"He is leading the league in All-Star votes, and if the MVP were voted on today, he'd win that, too", Gardner said. "Me and everybody else".

Presently, Judge is leading the American League in all three of the Triple Crown categories (batting average, home runs, and runs batted in). Judge's average for the season had climbed to.344, his slugging percentage to.718. The Yankees selected RHP Clarke Schmidt in the first round pick of Monday's draft, the 16th player picked overall. In 2014, he hit nine home runs with 45 RBIs in 65 games for Charleston in his professional debut. Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said Machado was feeling a little better but still a bit sore.

Wow, can you imagine someone hitting a home run more impressive than that only one day later? It would be in the top 15 of all time for players under 26, behind only Hall of Famers (Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Frank Thomas, Jimmie Foxx, Mickey Mantle, Chuck Klein and Rogers Hornsby) and great hitters who could land there someday (Todd Helton, Lance Berkman and Bryce Harper).

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When the 2017 baseball season began, not many MLB experts were picking the #Colorado Rockies or New York Yankees to be one of the best teams in the league. The lefty gave up two runs in seven innings as the Yankees beat the Orioles 8-2 in front of a sellout crowd.

Judge also didn't get down on reliever Tyler Clippard for following starter Masahiro Tanaka into the game and immediately giving up an RBI double that wiped out the Yankees' two-run lead. The club sits tied with the Tampa Bay Rays for the most home runs in the league this season, but the Yankees have played six fewer games.

Matt Holliday hit a two-run single in the fourth inning, and Aaron Hicks hit a two-run double before Judge's second homer as the Yankees reached double digits in runs for the 11th time and the fifth time against the Orioles. "Had good concentration on the mound, felt like I was able to execute all my pitches well".

As Yankees' twitter pointed out, check out the reactions from both James Kaprielian and Aaron Hicks. Judge's parents made the trip down from central California to watch their son's latest feat in the opener of the Yankees' seven-game Golden State road trip.

Dellin Betances struck out the side in the ninth for his sixth save, his first since May 27.

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

- While they made it count when it mattered versus Pittsburgh, Orioles sluggers are hitting just.209 as a unit over the past six ballgames.

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