Aaron Judge Hits 2 HR’s; Catches HR-Ball Over Fence! NY 10 Seattle 4

Aaron Judge hit 2 homers — increasing his American League leading total to 17 — and made a spectacular leaping catch of a ball over the fence in right to steal it from being a homer — leading NY to the 10-4 victory over Seattle.

Domingo German — just back from a 10-game suspension for too much sticky Rosin — pitched well into the 7th to gain the win and improve his record to 3-3 3.98.

And Jake Bauers — who just before the game looked like the odd-man-out of the Yankee roster as injured players are returning — said ‘hold on a second’ with a big night — 3-4 with a homer a walk, and 2 RBI’s.

“We could have cashed this game in after a tough series with the Padres, traveled all the way to the West coast, you got a tough Seattle team — we could have cashed in this 1st game.” said Aaron Judge afterwards. “But the guys came out swinging. Glad to have Domingo back on the mound. He’s a dynamic pitcher for us and a big part of the rotation. He’s got a lot of elite pitches — “plus” pitches; and great command with it. Getting him back, and getting him a little bit of runs and letting him work in his first start back was huge. It’s a testament to this team.”

NY improved its record to 33-23, 6 games back of Tampa and 2 games back of Baltimore, which both lost. Seattle falls to 28-26.

On a Memorial Day Monday night in Seattle.

1. Bauers Lights the Fire

Just before the game, some in Yankee media were theorizing that with Josh Donaldson due back this week, and Giancarlo Stanton following right behind next week, some players on the current team would be packing for AAA — including Oswaldo Cabrera (batting under .200) and Jake Bauers — who had been out-hit by Willie Calhoun recently.

And then the game started and Bauers went nuts. Harrison Bader led off the 2nd with a single, stole 2nd, and went to 3rd on a throwing error.

Jake Bauers plated him with a single for a 1-0 NY lead.

2. Judge Homer #1 — a 2-Run Blast Off Foul Pole

The Yankees were facing Seattle rookie starter Bryce Miller — who in his first 5 MLB starts coming into the game had allowed 1 earned run, 0 earned runs, 0 earned runs, 3 earned runs, and 0 earned runs — for a 3-1 1.15 slash line.

But the Yanks got to him again in the 3rd on a leadoff single by Gleyber Torres and a missile by Aaron Judge that hit the left-field foul pole for a homer and 3-1 NY lead.

3. Bauers HR

The lefty swinging Bauers continued the assault on Miller with a HR to right leading off the 4th — NY 4 Seattle 1.

4. Gleyber & Judge Light More Fire

Gleyber and Judge were at it again in the 5th — Gleyber leading off with a single and Judge doubling him to 3rd. Willie Calhoun doubled them both home and Isiah Kiner-Falefa doubled in Calhoun and Greg Allen (who was hit by a pitch) later in the inning. NY 8 Seattle 2.

Greg Allen was in the game for Harrison Bader, who pulled something in his leg after beating out an infield hit in the 3rd.

5. Judge HR #2

Judge added an insurance homer in the 6th to make it a 9-4 game.

6. German Pitched Good

Meanwhile Domingo German was pitching a solid game, carrying an 8-2 lead into the 5th. He:

  • Allowed an RBI single to Teoscar Hernandez in the 2nd to tie the game 1-1 at the time,
  • A solo homer to centerfielder Julio Rodriguez in the 4th to make it 4-2 at the time, and
  • A 2-RBI single to Julio Rodriguez in the 5th to make it 8-4.

German pitched a shutout 6th and left in the 7th up 9-4 after allowing consecutive singles after getting the 1st out.

7. Marinaccio Terrific

But Ron Marinacccio came in to put out the ebbing fire German left — striking out 2 to end the 7th, NY up 9-4.

8. Judge Steals HR

Albert Abreu struck out the first 2 batters of the 8th and then got help from Aaron Judge who made the spectacular catch over the right-field wall, robbing Teoscar Hernandez of a Homer.

9. Abreu Terrific

Abreu pitched a shutout 9th — finishing with 2 shutout, no-hit innings, striking out 3 of the 7 batters he faced, and lowering his ERA to 3.58. He looked confident and when he is confident he blows 98-MPH smoke past batters. Abreu got Ty France to groundout for the old ballgame.

The Boxscore



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