Aaron Judge Hits Longest Home Run of the Season

Ross Houston
June 15, 2017

Over at Angel Stadium on Tuesday evening, the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Angels will be continuing their early-week Major League Baseball series.

The New York Yankees smoked the Baltimore Orioles 16-3 on Saturday at Yankee Stadium, adding five home runs to the team's season total in the process. But instead of walking Judge intentionally and taking their chances with Matt Holliday, the Angels pitched to Judge.

Judge has 21 home runs this year, eight of them in 12 games against the Orioles.

New York Yankees' Gary Sanchez follows through on a first-inning three-run home run in a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in New York, Sunday, June 11, 2017.

The Yankees shortstop extended his career-best hitting streak to 14 games with four hits.

ST. PETERBURG, Fla. - Tampa Bay tied a season-high with five home runs, Alex Cobb went six strong innings, and the Rays beat the Oakland Athletics. And when he came to bat with a runner in scoring position and two outs in the seventh, the Angels walked him intentionally.

- The bullpen also crashed and burned in the bright lights of New York City.

The Yankees got a welcomed performance from starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, who entered the game 0-5 with a 10.72 ERA in his last five starts.

"In Mike Trout's town", Joe Girardi said of the chants, referencing the injured Angels outfielder, who has won two MVPs. Tanaka will now start the first game of the Angels series Monday in Anaheim.

Tanaka is riding a career-high, five-game losing streak that continued when he allowed three homers and five runs in five innings during a 5-4 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday. He has 41 strikeouts and 24 walks in 35 1/3 innings.

3 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors, 1 left on.

"Obviously, the scoreboard doesn't look pretty, standing out there ain't pretty, it ain't fun, but we all believe in each other", center fielder Adam Jones said.

Since being called up May 29, Young is hitting.318 (14-for-44) with three doubles, two homers, seven RBIs and four stolen bases in 13 games.

Clippard (1-3) got the victory over Jose Alvarez (0-3).

The weekend featured a 1.1 inning start from right-hander Chris Tillman June 10 and the 16 runs by the Yankees were the most the Orioles allowed in almost five years. Last time he faced the Angels (in 2016), he gave up a run to Kole Calhoun but still got the win.

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.

"When you're that tall, the strike zone is bigger".

Meyer was obviously upset, prompting a quick trip to the mound by Angels pitching coach Charles Nagy. If all went well, Showalter said, Castillo would be activated from the DL before Saturday night's game at Yankee Stadium.

According to research guru Katie Sharp, Judge, 25, is the first New York Yankee age 25 or younger to hit 20 more or home runs before the All-Star break since Roger Maris did it in 1960.

Judge has looked like a completely different player from the overmatched rookie who struggled in 27 games after being called up briefly a year ago.

Reggie Jackson hit 563 home runs, won four World Series titles, is a Hall of Famer and has done very well financially. He was available to pinch hit but there's a possibility he can play Monday. The Angels selected OF Jordon "Jo" Adell in the first round of the draft, the 10th player picked overall.

First time ever the Yankees have scored at least eight runs and hit multiple homers in five straight games. RHP Domingo German was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to make room on the roster for Heller.

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