Another day, another Yankee home run record.
Following teammate Aaron Judge’s 121 mph, record-setting home run on Saturday, Gary Sanchez established a record of his own. Coming less than 24 hours after smacking a 115 mph home run, Sanchez followed it up with a 450-foot home run Sunday, the hardest hit of his young career.
“I’m feeling more consistent at the plate right now,” Sanchez told MLB.com after Saturday’s game.
“That’s what I’ve been working on. I’m hoping to keep on going.”
It’s only the beginning of June and the Yankees are dominating in the home run department. Sanchez now joins fellow teammates Aaron Judge (19), Brett Gardner (13), Matt Holliday (13), Starlin Castro (11), and Aaron Hicks (10) as Bronx Bombers with 10 or more home runs.
The home run also showed just how hot Sanchez is at the plate as the round tripper marked his fourth in his last four games.
The home run also capped an early five-run outburst by The Pinstripers as they continued their dismantlement of the Baltimore Orioles in the 14-3 victory.
However, when it comes to home runs, no Yankee can ever outshine Mr. Judge.
With the Yankees carrying a modest four-run lead in the bottom half of the sixth inning, Aaron Judge proceeded to deposit the Logan Verrett offering 495 feet to left center field. It was the first of two home runs on the afternoon for Judge, as the Yankees continue to exemplify their Baby Bombers nickname.
“That might’ve been the furthest one I’ve ever seen,” Girardi said of Judge’s 495 blast.
“Our guys realize it’s special to watch. His power is special. This is not something you see every day. I think about what we saw from Gary last year. That’s not something you see every day, and he’s starting to heat up, too.”
Girardi also noted the quality of at-bats Judge is having goes beyond tape measure shots.
“He’s had an unbelievable first 2 ½ months to the season. The homers are great, the RBIs are great, but I look at the two-strike hits and his discipline and the walks and how he makes pitchers work and going first to third and everything that he does,” he added.
“It’s just not a power bat. He’s a complete player and we’re reaping the benefits of it.”
Sunday’s win continued a dominating stretch for the Yankees, taking five of six from divisional rivals Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox.
“Every time we go out there, we’re trying to have fun,” Sanchez told MLB.com.
“We’re trying to have fun and win ballgames. Right now, we’re winning, good things are happening and we want to keep on doing that.”
The Yankees scored 38 runs during over the three-game stretch against Baltimore, outscoring the Orioles by 30 runs.
That difference, leaving a bad taste in the mouths of the Baltimore Orioles.
“That scoreboard doesn’t look pretty. Standing out there ain’t pretty, ain’t fun,” Adam Jones said.
“These three days up here, the last four days, actually, have been a little bit frustrating. Let’s get the hell out of New York. Let’s go to Chicago and redeem ourselves.”
The Orioles will now look to turn the page rather quickly, embarking on a four-game swing with the Chicago White Sox. Wade Miley will get the nod in game one for Baltimore, going up against Chicago’s Mike Pelfrey from Guaranteed Rate Field.
On the other side of the spectrum, The Yankees will look to continue their sheer dominance when they head to Anaheim to start a three-game set with the Los Angeles Angels. Masahiro Tanaka will take the bump in game one, going up against Alex Meyer.
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