To be fair, Judge is not the only New York Yankee having a great season, but at the moment he is the only one in the spotlight in New York, and all around the baseball world. Now, he has another accolade to add to his resume.
Judge, who grew up in Linden, Calif. - almost 400 miles north of Anaheim - blasted a tie-breaking, two-run homer to right field that traveled 438 feet with one out in the eighth inning, enabling the Yankees to beat the Angels 5-3 and increase their winning streak to six on Monday night at Angel Stadium. "It really is awesome and it shows you the support Yankee fans give you", said Joe Girardi to MLB.com's Barry Bloom. Second baseman Starlin Castro hit home runs in each of the three games and catcher Gary Sanchez had two home runs and drove in seven runs.
The slugging rookie has already garnered a tremendous amount of attention for his prodigious home runs, but he outdid even himself this past weekend. Cameron Maybin followed with an RBI double off Tyler Clippard to tie the game at 3-3, the run charged to Tanaka.
As Mitch Moreland edged down the line, Pena launched a throw that sailed wide of third base, allowing Moreland and Jackie Bradley Jr.to score.
"I feel like I know why my command is not there", Tanaka said.
"I was just trying to come up the next inning and help the team out some how".
Judge (2-for-4, walk, three runs) had no thoughts of being intentionally passed. Mike Scioscia brought in Bud Norris, who entered Monday with a 2.43 ERA.
Once more of the youth starts to come up, lookout for more dominance like this Yankee fans.
"I really believe it's consistency in his mechanics", Girardi said. "I would think it'd be sooner than later", Showalter said.
Aaron Judge crushes his 22nd home run of the season in the eighth inning to give the Yankees a 5-3 win.
Meyer struck out Judge in each of his first two at-bats, keeping him off balance and off base, before walking him in the fifth inning.
ATLANTA - Seth Lugo allowed just one run in seven innings and NY defeated Atlanta to take three of the four games in the series. With the game tied up 3-3 in the top of the 8th, Judge crushed another home run to give the Yankees the 5-3 lead they would not relinquish.
He has the vote of Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner, who on Sunday said, "He is leading the league in All-Star votes, and if the MVP were voted on today, he'd win that, too".
CARDINALS 3, PHILLIES 2: Aledmys Diaz hit a solo home run, Michael Wacha pitched six strong innings and host St. Louis snapped a seven-game losing streak.
Second time in franchise history they hit at least three homers in four straight games. Dellin Betances would be asked to get a four-out save and get a four-out save he did. "He was untouchable after the first inning and I airmail a throw to the backstop and allowed the runner to get to second base", Judge said. There are always skeptics when a team performs better than most expect, but last night was a statement. Yankees 5, Orioles 0.
The Yankees couldn't land a knockout blow to Meyer, but Didi Gregorius delivered run-scoring singles in the third and fifth, two of his four hits in the game, to give NY a 2-1 lead. "They got a nice ballclub over there, so we're going to have to really fight for it".
He walked Albert Pujols on four pitches after Calhoun's homer but retired 15 of the next 16 hitters he faced.
Perhaps the only question mark for this Yankees team, and it's a big one, is whether or not ace right hander Masahiro Tanaka can get back on track. "Had good concentration on the mound, felt like I was able to execute all my pitches well".