CHICAGO -- After absorbing jeers from fans in the right-field bleachers at Guaranteed Rate Field through the first five innings on Wednesday evening, Aaron Judge silenced those voices with one very loud swing in the Yankees' 12-3 win.Judge crushed his Major League-leading 27th home run, a two-run blast in the
CHICAGO -- After absorbing jeers from fans in the right-field bleachers at Guaranteed Rate Field through the first five innings on Wednesday evening, Aaron Judge silenced those voices with one very loud swing in the Yankees' 12-3 win.
Judge crushed his Major League-leading 27th home run, a two-run blast in the sixth inning off White Sox reliever Jake Petricka, that came off the bat at 115.2 mph and cleared the left-field wall in just 3.9 seconds.
As Judge rounded the bases, he shot a glance to his would-be tormentors beyond the wall. They responded by applauding when Judge returned to the outfield to warm up at the beginning of the next half-inning.
"I just like having some fun with the fans," Judge said. "They were heckling me pretty good out there. I'm not going to say anything to them, I just gave them a little peek when I was rounding the bases. Just having some fun with them. They were razzing me when I got back out there. It was pretty cool."
Judge is the first player with six home runs of 115-plus mph in a single season since the Statcast™ technology was implemented in 2015. The Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton had five such homers in 2015 and '16.
With the All-Star break still more than a week away, Judge already has the most home runs of 110-plus mph in a single season, with 16. Stanton had 15 such homers in 2015.
The 15-degree launch angle on Judge's homer was tied for the lowest on a homer this season, and he did it once before, on June 11 against Baltimore, making him the only player to do it twice this season. The others are teammate Gary Sanchez, the Orioles' Manny Machado and the Blue Jays' Justin Smoak.
Judge has often said he does not pay attention to the noise coming from the stands, even stating that he did not notice the loud chants of "M-V-P!" that accompanied him during the team's recent visit to Anaheim.
While acknowledging that he heard some of the less positive feedback on Wednesday, Judge said he was satisfied to let his bat handle the response.
"You just let your actions speak for itself," Judge said. "You don't need to go out there and say anything to them and rile them up even more. I felt like if I would have turned around and said anything to them, it would have gotten worse. I just wanted to go out there and play my game and see what happens."
Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.