Yanks FLAUNT their Muscle with HR SHOW. NY 8 San Diego 0

Juan Soto hit a 423-foot BOMB to right center, next batter Aaron Judge hit a 409-foot BOMB to left, next batter Alex Verdugo hit one off the wall in left, and next batter Giancarlo Stanton hit a 417-foot BOMB to left and just like that the Yankees had a 6-0 lead in the 3rd inning against Yu Darvish, who came into the game with a 4-1 2.08 record and had thrown 25 consecutive scoreless innings.

Gleyber Torres added a 411-foot BOMB to left to lead off the 4th and Carlos Rodon pitched 3-hit shutout ball into the 7th as the Yanks romped to an 8-0 win in San Diego on a Friday night.

The Padres wore Tutti Fruitti ‘city connect’ uniforms. The Yankees didn’t.

“Obviously our power really played today,” said manager Aaron Boone afterwards. “Took advantage of some mistakes and had an impressive inning against that pitcher, especially the way he’s been throwing coming in.”

“It was pretty awesome actually,’ added Boone. “You get those moments every now and then in the regular season that are, ‘man that was pretty cool’ — when Juan kind took the air out of it, then Judgy follows it right up, then here we go Verdugo, then here we go Stanton — one of those cool ones during the season that you get to be a part of.”

NY improves to 36-17 and remain 3 games in 1st over Baltimore; San Diego drops to 27-27.

1. Volpe Triple Gets 1st Run

Anthony Volpe is settling into the leadoff role. He is red hot lately and ripped a shot past 3rd base to left, legging it into a triple to lead off the game against Yu Darvish. It extended Volpe’s hitting streak to 17 consecutive games.

Juan Soto struck out but Aaron Judge hit an 0-2 pitch for a sac fly to left and NY was up 1-0 — breaking Darvish’s string of 25 consecutive scoreless innings coming in.

2. Yanks Put on a Power SHOW

In the 3rd, the Yankees added more.

Austin Wells led off with a single, and then after Jon Berti struck out, Anthony Volpe sacrificed Wells into scoring position for Juan Soto.

Soto BLASTED a 423-foot BOMB to right center and it was 3-0 NY.

Next batter Aaron Judge hit a 409-foot BOMB to left and it was 4-0 NY.

Next batter Alex Verdugo hit one off the wall in left, and next batter Giancarlo Stanton hit a 417-foot BOMB to left and it was 6-0 NY.

3. Gleyber HR in 4th Makes It 7-0

Darvish stayed in. And Gleyber Torres led off the 4th with a 411-foot BOMB to left and it was 7-0 NY.

4. Rodon Great

Meanwhile Carlos Rodon was throwing down — matching the great start of the prior starter as the Yanks have done for 8 straight starts now — just like 1998 all over again.

“I thought right away you could tell his stuff was really good,” said Boone. “The crispness of the fastball; he threw a curveball right away there in the 1st inning, I was like ‘man that bite’s there’, had a little bit of everything; mixed in the changeup as the outing went along. I thought he was really sharp tonite.”

Rodon blew through the first 3 innings — pitching a 1-2-3 inning in the 1st, allowing a leadoff single in the 2nd before getting the next 3 batters, and pitching a 1-2-3 inning in the 3rd.

In the 4th he worked around 2 walks — but then pitched a 1-2-3 inning in the 5th and 6th.

Rodon finally tired in the 7th, allowing a leadoff walk and then a single, and was relieved by Dennis Santana with a 7-0 lead.

5. Santana Great Job

Santana did a great job — getting out of the 7th with 1st and 2nd, nobody out — but getting a line drive out to left and then an inning ending double play.

He then pitched a 1-2-3 inning in the 8th.

6. Volpe at It Again in 8th

Anthony Volpe was at it again as the Yankee leadoff batter in the 8th — he worked a 2-out walk, went to 3rd on a double by Juan Soto, and scored on a wild pitch by old friend Jhony Brito to make it 8-0 NY.

7. Gomez Strikes Out Side in 9th

Yoendrys Gomez pitched the 9th. Gomez is a 6’3 righty who used to be the #8 prospect in the Yankee organization but arm trouble derailed him. He is still only 24 and has been protected by the Yanks on the 40-man roster the last few winters so NY still is high on him.

Gomez was just called up from AAA and accompanied NY on the trip to San Diego.

Gomes used a sweeper and a curve that made his 94-MPH fastball play up, to strike out the side for the old ballgame.

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