Well, that was a fun series, eh?
"We have to build off this, " Girardi said.
HOUSTON - Eric Young Jr. smacked a three-run homer to cap a six-run outburst in the fifth inning that lifted Los Angeles to a victory and a three-game series win over Houston at Minute Maid Park. It was his longest homer, and the catcher became the sixth Yankee to reach double digits in long balls. He drove in the Yankees' first two runs with two-out, RBI singles in the third and fifth innings.
Starlin Castro also got a free trot around the bases with his 10th homer of the season in the second inning. Now, at the age of 25, Judge is professional baseball outfielder in the MLB for the New York Yankees. Sanchez followed with his 10th homer.
"I thought they might pitch around him because he's been swinging the bat so well", Girardi said, likely echoing many Angels fans' thoughts.
The last Yankee to be the first to 20 homers was Alex Rodriguez in 2007, when he hit 54 and went on to be named the AL MVP. Saturday's win was their major-league-leading 18th victory by at least five runs; a year ago they had 17 wins by five-plus runs the entire season.
I don't know if you've heard but Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge is good.
And Judge's eight homers against the Orioles are the second most by a Yankees player against any opponent in one season since the divisional era began in 1969. Just in case he lined a homer to right field, with a runner on base in the seventh against righty Jimmy Yacabonis.
According to Statcast, Aaron Judge has hit 14 homers with exit velocities of 110-plus miles per hour. Although the rumor hasn't been confirmed, Judge posted a couple of pictures with Olmstead where they are seen holding hands. The 1961 Yankees, which included a 61-home run campaign by Roger Maris, hit 240 that season.
On the flipside, the pitching of Luis Severino was masterful.
The Japanese right-hander largely shut down the Angels after Kole Calhoun's first-inning homer, but he yielded Espinosa's two-out RBI single before reliever Tyler Clippard (1-3) gave up Maybin's tying RBI double in the seventh. We needed it. Here's hoping he brings something similar to Oakland. First, the team perspective. Meyer gave up just three base hits (all singles) but did walk four batters while registering the nine punchouts. In the last six games, they have hit.362 with 18 homers. The 1956 team also did it July 27-30.
Entering Monday night's action against the Angels, the Yankees were 5-0 since Girardi made the move Thursday and were averaging 11 runs per game. The 1938 team holds the record with an 8-game streak. The lefty lasted just 2 2/3 innings in his last outing last Wednesday against Pittsburgh, allowing four runs and eight hits. The others were in 2007, 1939, 1938 and 1937.
On the verge of a possible four game sweep of the defending world champion Chicago Cubs, in Wrigleyville nonetheless, and now on a seven game winning streak, the Colorado Rockies are proving that they are one of the best teams in baseball. So you're telling me there's a chance? Judge hit.500 (12-for-24) with three homers, six RBIs, three doubles and 10 runs scored in six games. And before Judge's latest home run heroics, Didi Gregorius delivered two big RBI in a four-hit night - extending his hitting streak to 14 straight games as the scorching Yanks won their sixth straight.
One day after hitting a 495-foot homer in the Bronx, Judge hit an emphatic 438-foot shot on the opposite coast for his fourth homer in three games and the 22nd of his belief-defying season.
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