March 18 2018

Aaron Judge demolishes 495-foot homer over the Yankee Stadium bleachers

March 18 2018, 05:24 | Van Peters

Aaron Judge demolishes 495-foot homer over the Yankee Stadium bleachers

Baltimore Orioles vs New York Yankees

For the second straight day, the Yankees jumped on the Orioles in the first inning and never looked back.

Aaron Hicks homered twice and rookie Jordan Montgomery pitched seven stellar innings to lead the New York Yankees over the Baltimore Orioles 8-2 on Friday night. He struck Judge out looking.

"I was in such a hurry to get the breaking stuff going, it kind of snowballed real quick", Tillman said.

Pessimistic Yankees fans old enough to remember 1990 inevitably cite another player when trying to avoid getting too excited about Aaron Judge: Kevin Maas, who burst onto the big-league scene midway through an otherwise miserable season for the Yanks and hit 21 homers in only 79 games. The longest was a 504-foot shot by the Miami Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton in 2016.

The Yankees (37-23) are now a season-best 14 games over.500. Andrelton Simmons brought 68 hits, 27 runs and 28 RBI into this series, while Kole Calhoun had 57 hits, 29 runs and 30 RBI in that span. Calhoun slapped a solo homer to get the scoring going in the first on Monday, while Simmons put up one hit. "That's the word - incredible".

With first base open, Yankees manager Joe Girardi suspected the Angels "might pitch around (Judge) because he's been hitting the ball so well". "His power's special. This is not something you see every day". I don't feel like [he's] picking on us. "Me and everybody else". He also tops the AL in batting average at.344, RBIs at 47 and All-Star Game votes (ahead of the Angels' Mike Trout). The Yankees selected RHP Clarke Schmidt in the first round of Monday's draft, the 16th player picked overall.

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.

To some it may sound like blasphemy to mention the modern-day Yankees (whose names were little known before this season's eruption) in the same breath as Ruth, Mantle and Maris, but these Baby Bombers are putting the league on notice that they are to be taken seriously as a Murderers' Row of their own. "I know the three days up here, the last four actually, have been frustrating, but let's get the hell out of NY, let's go to Chicago and redeem ourselves and just flip the script". It was his longest homer, and the catcher became the sixth Yankee to reach double digits in long balls.

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. When he stays back and stays anchored, as he's doing now, Judge is in a much more comfortable hitting position and he can recognize pitches more quickly and react to them better.

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.

Bibens-Dirkx (2-0) allowed a run and three hits in seven innings in his second career start (see full recap).

Adam Warren (2-1) got credited with the win, pitching 1 1/3 scoreless innings.

Jose Alvarez (0-3) gave up Aaron Hicks' one-out double before Judge's homer.

MACHADO IN CHICAGO? Manny Machado missed his fourth straight game with a strained left wrist, but Showalter indicated that it's possible the third baseman will return when the Orioles move to play the Chicago White Sox June 12.

"I wasn't really thinking about it, to be honest", Judge said of the MVP chants.

Baltimore added some fresh arms to its bullpen prior to Sunday's series finale, recalling Logan Verrett and selecting the contract of Jimmy Yacabonis from Triple-A Norfolk.

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