BRONX, N.Y. – Aaron Judge seems to be superhuman. The 6’7 monster hit another two home runs in the Yankees’ route of the Blue Jays on Tuesday night – 11-5.
The Yankees offense came alive against the Blue Jays as they combined for 15 hits and 11 runs. Blue Jays starter Mat Latos struggled to get outs; he surrendered 10 of the 15 hits and allowed seven earned runs. Latos also allowed four long balls on the night. Brett Gardner hit two while Aaron Hicks and Judge each hit one off of Latos.
On the other side of things, Blue Jays left fielder Steve Pearce went 4-4 and gave Yankees’ starter Masahiro Tanaka fits on the mound. Pearce hit two HR’s off of Tanaka and drove in two of the Jays five runs. Tanaka pitched 6.1 innings, allowed eight hits and four earned runs while striking out four.
But Judge was, yet again, the story of the night, and has been the story of the Yankees season thus far. Judge’s first home run of the night was his shortest home run of his career, as it barely snuck over the short porch in right field. But his second home run was a no-doubter that he blasted off of Jason Grilli and easily cleared the left field wall.
Aaron Judge is just silly. It’s a three-run homer, No. 12 for him. Yankees lead 11-4.
When being compared to Derek Jeter, Judge has shown modesty. In an interview with Meredith Marokovits, Judge said, “It’s an honor to be compared to Jeter but I am just trying to be the best Aaron Judge that I can be.”
Another player that is flying under the radar in the midst of the Aaron Judge show is Starlin Castro. He had himself a 2-5 night with a run scored and is quietly hitting .360 on the season. Castro has arguably been the Yankees most consistent hitter this year.
The rubber match of the series comes tomorrow night when CC Sabathia faces off against Blue Jays ace, Marcus Stroman. Stroman has thrown two complete games in the young season and the Yankee bats will have to stay persistent against the strike-thrower.
Win- Masahiro Tanaka
Loss- Mat Latos
With a win tomorrow night, the Yankees can improve to 17-9 heading into their road trip against the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds.