The Yankee offense was downright unstoppable as they pounded 18 hits en route to a 16-3 victory over the Orioles.
Starlin Castro, Didi Gregorius, Matt Holliday, Aaron Judge and Gary Sánchez each connected on big flies. The Bombers scored at least two runs in every inning except for the third, sixth and seventh. Judge, Holliday and Sánchez each collected three hits. Every Yankee who was in the starting lineup recorded a hit once Chase Headley doubled off of Mike Wright in the eighth inning.Embed from Getty Images
It’s definitely worth noting that Judge broke a Statcast record with his first inning home run. His solo shot off of Orioles starter Chris Tillman was measured at an exit velocity of 121.1 mph as it traveled a projected 382 feet, making it the hardest hit home run in the Statcast era. The hit by Judge was also the hardest hit since Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton hit one 120.3 mph in 2015.
Luis Severino continued to pitch like an ace in the making. Over seven innings and 89 pitches, the righty allowed just two hits and one earned run. He was perfect through his first four innings before allowing a walk and a single. In total, he struck out eight Orioles and walked two. The Orioles managed just for hits total, and scored one run off of each Yankee pitcher (Giovanny Gallegos and Tommy Layne relieved Severino).Embed from Getty Images
Things got interesting defensively as the Yankee blowout continued. In order to give Judge a partial evening off, Joe Girardi had to get quite creative with his defensive alignment. Sánchez moved to first base for the first time since 2013 when he played there for Class-A Advanced Tampa. Carter then moved to right field, where he had only logged 17 innings as a member of the Houston Astros. Everything went smoothly, and more importantly, no one got hurt.
In his column, Yankees reporter Bryan Hoch gave injury updates on three rehabbing Yankees:
- Aroldis Chapman (left rotator cuff inflammation) threw 18 pitches in a simulated game in Tampa earlier today. The Yankees said he will make two rehab appearances (one for Tampa and one for Trenton) before rejoining the team next weekend in Oakland.
- Jacoby Ellsbury (concussion) is still not ready for baseball activities, but will go to the Yanks’ AA complex in Trenton to work out with the Thunder. Obviously, that means he is not making the west coast trip with the team. There is still no timetable on Ellsbury’s return.
- Greg Bird (right ankle bruise) does not have a return date yet either. He went 6-for-17 in six games for the Tampa Yankees, and has one hit through two games for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.