NEW YORK — When Aaron Judge hit it, he simply put his head down and ran the bases. He might not have been impressed with his latest homer, but there was no doubt his teammates were awestruck at his power.
Business as usual after he slugged the longest homer of the year in the major leagues (495 feet) with one out in the bottom of the sixth inning and then homered again as the New York Yankees rolled to a 14-3 rout of the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday.
“No need,” Judge said when asked if he watched it. “If I know it’s going over the fence, I’m just going to start jogging, just going around the bases and get back in the dugout.”
Judge highlighted his first career four-hit game and third career multi-homer game when he sent a 1-1 slider from Logan Verrett well over the left-center-field fence.
Facing a pitcher who struck him out with the bases loaded on April 30, Judge sent the ball soaring over the bleachers at 119 mph off the bat and gave the Yankees an 8-3 lead.
The ball bounced off the hands of a fan who was standing directly behind the bleachers, matching a 2015 blast by the Chicago Cubs‘ Kris Bryant for the second-longest homer in the Statcast era (the past three seasons). The longest was a 504-foot shot by the Miami Marlins‘ Giancarlo Stanton in 2016.
As for Judge’s teammates and anyone else, television commentators Michael Kay and Paul O’Neill said, “Oh my goodness” and “Wow,” while Didi Gregorius watched while standing on top of a bench by the railing.
“I’ve seen him hit homers, but that one today is incredible,” Sanchez said through an interpreter. “That’s the word — incredible.”
“I think our guys realize it’s special to watch,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “His power’s special. This is not something you see every day.”
After wowing his teammates, Judge then hit another in the seventh against Jimmy Yacobonis, who was making his major league debut. This time, he lined a 2-2 fastball 401 feet over the center field fence to for New York’s final two runs.
“He can hit it hard,” Gardner said. “I’d like to know what that feels like. Me and everybody else.”
Judge’s latest big day gave him the major league lead with 21 homers, and 25 in his first 85 big league games. He also ended the day leading the American League with a .344 average, 47 RBIs, a .450 on-base percentage and an 1.168 OPS.
“He’s had an unbelievable first 2 1/2 months of the season,” Girardi said.
Judge tied a career high by scoring four times, and he is batting .475 (19-for-40) with eight homers and 16 RBIs against the Orioles this season.
“He’s a good player,” Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said. “Believe me, I can break it down all you want to, but he’s a good, strong man that’s putting some good swings on baseballs and making guys pay for a lot of mistakes when they make them.”
Judge’s big day was only part of a huge series for the Yankees at the plate. New York slugged four homers Sunday, becoming the first team to surpass 100 this season, and outscored the Orioles 38-7 in the three-game series.
Sanchez highlighted a five-run first inning against Kevin Gausman (3-5) with a 450-foot, three-run homer over the left field fence. It was his longest homer, and the catcher became the sixth Yankee to reach double digits in long balls.
Starlin Castro also homered for the third straight game when he followed Judge’s first homer with a two-run shot. Castro hit a two-run double in the first inning ahead of Sanchez’s homer.
Matt Holliday hit a two-run single in the fourth inning, and Aaron Hicks hit a two-run double before Judge’s second homer as the Yankees reached double digits in runs for the 11th time and the fifth time against the Orioles.
“Right now, they’re swinging the bats, they’re getting themselves in good hitters counts and they’re not missing the fastballs. I mean, I got the best vantage point, and what I see is they’re not missing,” Baltimore center field Adam Jones said.
Chad Green started a “bullpen game” for the Yankees and pitched the first two-plus innings. Four relievers followed and Adam Warren (2-1) was awarded the win after pitching 1 2/3 scoreless innings.
Gausman lasted 3 1/3 innings and was tagged for seven runs and eight hits.
NOTES: Baltimore 3B Manny Machado missed his fourth consecutive game with a sore left wrist. Manager Buck Showalter said Machado took swings via tee and toss and fielded ground balls before the game. … SS Didi Gregorius extended his hitting streak to a career-high 13 games, the longest by a Yankee this season. … Orioles LHP Zach Britton (strained left forearm) could start a rehab assignment on June 19 with Class A Aberdeen if there are no difficulties with his activities this week. … The Yankees recalled RHP Domingo German from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre. … The Orioles designated RHP Edwin Jackson for assignment. Baltimore added RHPs Logan Verrett and Jimmy Yacobonis from Triple-A Norfolk and optioned RHP Stefan Crichton to Norfolk. … New York 1B Greg Bird (bruised right ankle) continued his rehab assignment in Triple-A by going 0-for-2 with two walks.