Aaron Judge smashes 495-foot HR

Lynette Rowe
June 14, 2017

The Angels won only 1 game against the Yankees in 7 attempts a year ago. New York Yankees' Aaron Judge, center, celebrates his two-run home run with teammates in the dugout during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Monday, June 12, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif.

Starting pitching and hitting need to improve in order to win those games, though.

As a team, the Orioles are hitting for just a.226 average, the lowest in a single month since September '15.

In the sixth inning of Sunday's matinee tilt against the Baltimore Orioles, O's pitcher Logan Verrett delivered a cement-mixing 85-mph hanging breaking ball the league's leading home run hitter and boy did he do what he does best.

Judge is straddling a amusing sort of line right now, 58 games into his rookie season: To skeptical stat-reliant baseball bros like myself, he's right around the upper limits of when a performance stops looking like it could be a flash-in-the-pan small-sample-size dreamland and starts appearing real, but to anyone watching him on the regular this season, there's no need for much doubt. They outscored Baltimore 38-8 in the three-game series and have outscored opponents 55-9 in their last five games, all wins. "You never know what's going to happen".

The Yankees' offense is impressive.

Business as usual after he slugged the longest homer of the year in the major leagues (495 feet) with one out in the bottom of the sixth inning and then homered again as the New York Yankees rolled to a 14-3 rout of the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday.

Judge entered the game leading the AL in the Triple Crown categories, hitting.344 with 21 homers and 47 RBIs.

The enormously talented rookie was not the only Yankee to feast on the Orioles this weekend.

"You understand that you're down, but you have to understand not to give anything away", Jones said.

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Judge's numbers figure to drop as the season goes on and as pitchers find new ways to throw to him. The hardest thing to do is to go in there and stick your nose in there and have a good at-bat. "This series, tip your cap to the Yankees and let's get the hell out of here".

The Orioles have not won on the road since a 13-11 victory in Detroit in 13 innings on May 16, and are 10-20 on the road. At 31-30, they're one game over.500 for the first time since Opening Day.

"I feel good. I have full extension and good flexibility, " Kaprielian said. "Guess what? There's a game tomorrow, and we've got to be ready for another team".

"I think they swung at the first four pitches I threw, so obviously they're all feeling pretty hot right now, feeling comfortable", Gausman said.

NIGHTMARE CONTINUES FOR GAUSMAN: In an terrible season, Kevin Gausman engineered another subpar start. Yet even after you adjust for that, plus further account for league and park effects, this is the fourth-best hitting team in franchise history, creating runs at a rate that is 22 percent higher than average. To walk [six] guys, that's not me. He drove in the Yankees' first two runs with two-out, RBI singles in the third and fifth innings. Tillman would then give way to Stefan Crichton.

He was acquired in the trade that brought Nathan Eovaldi and Garrett Jones to NY in exchange for David Phelps and Martin Prado. He gave up two hits, walked a batter and struck out one without allowing a run in the final 2 2/3 innings.

This continued success is putting Severino into the talks of being a high-caliber starter, and that is no misnomer if you ask me.

"He was really good tonight".

OUR PREDICTION: The Yankees are winless in Tanaka's last five starts and are 0-4 in his last four outings coming off five days of rest. He's allowed at least eight hits in 10 of his 14 starts this season.

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