Yankees: Aaron Judge Homers Again, Mike Ford’s Clutch 9th-Inning Blast Ends Game in Tie
The Yankees came back from a 2-0 deficit in their exhibition game vs the Phillies.
It looks like Aaron Judge is scorching hot and the season hasn’t even started yet. AND he’s gotten limited reps.
The New York Yankees were taking on the Philadelphia Phillies in a Monday night exhibition game but quickly went down 2-0 after Deivi Garcia’s rough start. The top prospect was taken out after 1.2 innings and the bullpen blanked the Phils the rest of the way.
Then Judge stepped into the batter’s box in the fifth inning, and we would LOVE to know where the Phillies outfielders were going when he hit this oppo bomb.
But it wasn’t entirely a legitimate home run. Vince Velasquez got out of the inning after inducing a double play before Judge came up, but the right-hander was under his pitch count. Managers Joe Girardi and Aaron Boone agreed to let him face Judge to get another batter in, and the slugger was the one who got the meaningful rep.
Hope you weren’t betting on Summer Camp baseball, guys!
Then, Mike Ford led off the bottom of the ninth and absolutely demolished a solo shot in into the right field bleachers to tie the game 2-2.
No extra innings during the exhibitions games, though. That’ll have to wait for the regular season. This one ended in a tie, and while the comeback was nice and all, it wasn’t entirely a great evening for the Yanks.
Garcia once again proved he wasn’t really ready for big-league action and the “death star” lineup managed just seven hits, one of which wasn’t real (Judge’s HR) and two of which came from bench players.
Nothing to be upset about, though. The Yanks just put on a clinic over the weekend and look more than ready for Thursday night’s game against the Nationals.