ANAHEIM, Calif. – Aaron Judge took another step in history on Tuesday, hitting his 51st homer of the season.
And unlike his home run on Monday, it provided a much-needed win as they broke a three-game loss streak with a 7-4 win over the Angels at Angel Stadium to maintain their seven-game lead over second place Tampa Bay. in the AL East.
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” Jameson Taillon said. “It feels like every time he’s awake there’s an opportunity for him to do something special. It doesn’t matter what scouting report you have or whether you run your pitch, he’s so good he’s still talking about it all over the place.” park can do.’
Judge is now just one homer away from his career high in his 2017 rookie season.
Taillon appeared to have avoided a serious injury after being drilled by a liner that forced him out of the game after the second inning, with a bruise to the right forearm.
Greg Weisset took over for Taillon to start the third and delivered another standout performance from the bullpen, throwing two scoreless innings. He was the first of six relievers to give up only two runs in seven innings out of the bullpen.
“They were great,” Taillon said. “When you give the ball to so many different people there is always a risk of having a bad night, but everyone who hit the mound was out.”
The Angels scored a run in the bottom of the ninth off of Wandy Peralta, when Shohei Ohtani doubled and scored on Taylor Ward’s RBI single before pinch-hitter Matt Duffy lined out to the middle to end it.
And the Yankees’ offense, which had been held to three runs or less in the previous four games, homered three times in the first four innings – all against righthander Mike Mayers.
Andrew Benintendi hit a solo home run with one out in the top of the first and Anthony Rizzo led off the second with his 30th home run of the season – his second in as many games after hitting only one in his previous 17 games.
“He’s too talented and too good to last long,” Aaron Boone said of his slump.
But Taillon gave up the lead in the bottom of the inning. With two outs, former Yankee Mike Ford singled and Max Stassi followed with a bang to right-center to tie the game at 2-2. It was the sixth consecutive start in which Taillon had allowed a homerun.
The Yankees loaded the bases with two outs in the third with a walk in the leadoff by LeMahieu, a single with one out to Judge and a walk with two outs to Rizzo. Josh Donaldson then hit a routine grounder to the left of the infield, where third baseman Luis Rengifo cut short stop Andrew Velazquez to field the ball, then threw wildly to first, enabling LeMahieu and Judge to score for a 4-2 Yankee -head Start.
They threatened again in the fourth with back-to-back two-out singles by LeMahieu and Benintendi before Judge went deep on a 1-2 delivery.
Judge was third for the sixth time this season, as Boone said he wanted to “change lineups…to try and find a combination that unlocks us a little bit and gives us a chance to score some points.”
Lucas Luetge replaced Weissert to start the fourth and gave up a homerun to Ford, the first baseman’s second baseman in as many nights against his former team.
But Lou Trivino and Ron Marinaccio threw scoreless innings and the offense did enough for a Yankee who came in 8-17 in their previous 25 games.
“I don’t feel like we’re as far off as it seems with the struggles we’ve had,” Boone said before the match. “We’ve had a lot of close games. I think we have what it takes to be a great club. We have to get there. A lot of teams are capable of being great. We have to go do it.”
For Judge, he now has 31 games to hit 10 home runs to match Roger Maris’ American League and 1961 franchise record of 61.
He also leads the majors with 113 RBI’s and had a couple of hits in the win.