In the first of a series that will be four games, the new york yankees (24-19) defeated at home the Toronto Blue Jays (25-16). Aaron Judge stood out with two home runs, two RBIs and three walks. The fight in the AL East just keeps getting better.
The The last time Aaron Judge stepped foot in the Rogers Center was to hit his historic home run number 61 in the 2022 season, tying Roger Maris’ record in a single American League season. Eight months later, the ‘Judge’ returned to Toronto and in his first at-bat he sent ‘dona blanca’ into the stands in center field on a fastball that missed Alek Manoah. Very early in the game, the ‘Bronx Bombers’ were already up 1-0 on the scoreboard.
The New York ninth did not wait to do more damage, and after a single by Gleyber Torres, Willie Calhoun hit a two-run home run to make it 3-0 at Rogers Center. The fourth inning was a nightmare for the Blue Jays. Anthony Volpe led off with a double, while Oswaldo Cabrera followed with a walk. Kyle Higashioka didn’t miss the opportunity and lined out to right field to drive in Volpe. On that same roll, with the bases loaded and two outs, Aaron Judge was walked and Cabrera crossed the plate to make it 5-0 on the board.
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It seemed that it was not the best night for the Blue Jays, who allowed one more extra base in the sixth inning with a double by Anthony Rizzo, who drove in Jake Bauers for 6-0 of the Yankees. In the eighth episode, Aaron Judge once again demonstrated why he has the Blue Jays as one of his best clients. After an argument between Aaron Boone and HP umpire Clint Vondrak, which ended in the expulsion of the manager of the Mules, the ‘Judge’ hit Jay Jackson with a tremendous bomber to center field to make it 7-0. Judge’s second homer was 462 feet, his longest of the 10 he’s hit this year so far.
The Jays woke up late
The Blue Jays have scored at least one run in every game this season, and this would not be the exception. The Canadian team got on the board in the eighth round after a double by Whit Merrifield that drove in Matt Chapman. After loading the bases, Jhony Brito left the mound for reliever Ian Hamilton to come over. After three more runs from the locals, the Yankees bullpen continued to work and Michael King had to enter the scene to get the last out of the inning. In the end, the score was 7-4 in favor of the New York squad.