New York’s Aaron Judge, the defending home run king, hit another home run. The momentum of the pursuer is fierce. But the speed of the fugitive is also fast.
In an away game against the Toronto Blue Jays held at Rogers Center in Toronto, Canada on the 19th (hereinafter Korean time), Judge led a 4-2 victory by wielding 2 hits in 4 at-bats, 2 RBIs and 1 run, including a preemptive final home run.메이저놀이터
Judge hit a home run in his first at-bat in the top of the first inning. Leadoff Glaber Torres created a chance to first base safely with a left-handed hit. In the ball count 1B1S, Judge hit a 93-mile sinker that came in from the outside of opponent starter Jose Berios’ 3rd pitch to the middle, and went over the middle wall. It is the 12th home run of the season with a launch angle of 33 degrees, an exit velocity of 109.6 miles, and a distance of 430 feet.
With this home run, Judge tied with Lewis Robert of the Chicago White Sox for first place in the American League home run category.
Judge, who returned from a hip injury on the 10th, hit 2 homers in the Tampa Bay race on the 14th and has exploded 6 homers in the last 6 games until this day. His sense of long hitting went on a steep rise.
However, Pete Alonso of the New York Mets, who is the home run leader in both leagues, also drew an arch in 3 consecutive games with a solo shot in the 4th inning against the Tampa Bay Rays, marking the 16th season and maintaining a gap of 4 points with Judge. Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy hit 14 homers in second place, and Texas Rangers’ Adolis Garcia hit 13 in third.
Alonso, who hit 6 home runs in May, is calculated to hit 58 homers this season if he maintains his current pace.
Judge hit his 16th and 17th home runs of the season in the 42nd game of last year, when the team recorded 62 homers, the most in a season in American League history. It was the 45th game of the season for the Mets. Alonso’s pace is about three games slower than last year’s pace.
The two players have something in common. After Judge set the record for most home runs in a rookie season with 52 home runs in 2017, Alonso broke that record two years later with 53 home runs in 2019. Both were crowned Rookie of the Year that year.
Judge comes in after hitting a two-run homer in the first inning and is celebrating arm in arm with Anthony Rizzo. AP Yonhap News
Toronto also made up for one run with Bo Bichet’s home run in the counterattack at the bottom of the first inning. After one death, he hit opponent Nestor Cortes’ 85-mile cutter and connected it with a one-run homer that went slightly over the left-middle wall.
The Yankees, who could hardly score any points as the pitching battle continued, ran away with 2 out and 2nd baseman Aaron Hicks in the top of the 7th inning with a heavy hit, 3-1. However, Toronto caught up 2-3 at the bottom of the 7th inning with one out and bases loaded, Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s center fielder’s sacrifice fly. However, the Yankees added a run in the top of the ninth with Anthony Volpi’s left-footed solo shot, putting a wedge in the game.
Judge posted a batting average of 0.279 (36 hits in 129 at-bats), 12 homers, 28 RBIs, 28 runs scored, and an OPS of 0.993.
Yankees starter Cortes recorded 4 wins (2 losses) and an ERA of 5.21 in the season with a good pitching of 5 hits and 2 runs in 6 innings.
Toronto starter Berios also threw well with 6 hits and 3 runs in 6⅔innings, but suffered a loss. Season 3 wins 4 losses, average ERA 4.61.
The Yankees, who decorated their 4-game road trip against Toronto this time with a winning series of 3 wins and 1 loss, kept 4th place in the AL East Division with 26 wins and 20 losses, and caught up with Toronto (25 wins and 19 losses) in 3rd place without a ride.