NEW YORK -- The Yankees have seen historic home run surges from both Gary Sanchez and Aaron Judge over the last calendar year, and now that both young sluggers are hot at the same time, their offense appears to be unstoppable.Sanchez homered as part of a five-run first inning and
NEW YORK -- The Yankees have seen historic home run surges from both Gary Sanchez and Aaron Judge over the last calendar year, and now that both young sluggers are hot at the same time, their offense appears to be unstoppable.
Sanchez homered as part of a five-run first inning and Judge went deep twice -- including the longest homer hit in the Majors this season, measured at 495 feet -- powering the Yankees to their fifth straight win, a 14-3 victory over the Orioles on Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.
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"Whenever you have a teammate like that, producing and hitting homers like that, you get excited about it," Sanchez said through an interpreter. "And at the same time, you get motivation from that. You want to help out, too. It's a positive energy."
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The Yanks completed a sweep of the Birds, who were outscored 38-8 in the weekend set. Sanchez's 450-foot blast highlighted the early attack against right-hander Kevin Gausman, who surrendered seven runs and eight hits in 3 1/3 innings. Starlin Castro and Matthew Holliday also had two-run singles off Gausman, who tied his career high with six walks.
"That scoreboard doesn't look pretty. Standing out there ain't pretty, ain't fun," Adam Jones said. "These three days up here, the last four days, actually, have been a little bit frustrating. Let's get the hell out of New York. Let's go to Chicago and redeem ourselves."
Now the American League Triple Crown leader with a .344 batting average, 21 homers and 47 RBIs, Judge awed his teammates in the sixth inning, sending a distant shot to the back row of the bleachers in left field. Only the Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton (504 feet) has hit a longer homer since Statcast™ technology was implemented in 2015.
Castro added a two-run homer in the sixth and Judge's second shot came in the seventh, a line-drive rocket to right.
"It means nothing, to be honest," Judge said of the distance on his first home run. "I'm just glad we came away with the win. Our pitching staff went out there and did a great job. Our offense is still rolling -- they keep having quality at-bats no matter what the score is."
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MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
El Gary es muy fuerte: Sanchez became the sixth Yankee to hit 10 or more homers this season, a mark which leads the Majors. In less than 24 hours, the catcher has now hit both the hardest home run of his career as well as the farthest. He smashed a 115.1-mph laser to the bullpen in left-center field off Mike Wright in Saturday's 16-3 victory and has been hot since moving to the No. 6 spot in the lineup.
"Every time we go out there, we're trying to have fun," Sanchez said. "We're trying to have fun and win ballgames. Right now, we're winning, good things are happening and we want to keep on doing that."
Call(s) to the 'pen: The Yankees only had Chad Green's services for 53 pitches in Sunday's spot start, and manager Joe Girardi declined to let the right-hander make a second turn through the order. Seth Smith and Jonathan Schoop greeted Chasen Shreve with run-scoring doubles, but the lefty recorded the next three outs, beginning a string of scoreless work by the Yankees' bullpen -- including Domingo German, who pitched the final 2 2/3 innings in his Major League debut.
"Guys got big outs for us, and German, I thought he did a really good job," Girardi said. "It's not easy to come out your first time out and control your emotions and throw strikes, and that's exactly what he did."
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The Yankees have scored eight or more runs in each of their last five games. It is the first time they have done so since 1956, when they tallied 43 runs in five victories over the Senators and Indians from July 6-13 of that season.
Orioles: The O's head to Chicago to play a four-game series against the White Sox beginning Monday at 8:10 p.m. ET. Wade Miley will take the ball for Baltimore at Guaranteed Rate Field coming off his shortest start of the season. He went 2 2/3 innings and allowed four runs last time out against the Pirates.
Yankees: The Yanks open a seven-game West Coast trip on Monday, sending Masahiro Tanaka to the mound as he begins a three-game series with the Angels at Angel Stadium. Tanaka has lost five consecutive starts as he prepares to take the ball opposite Halos right-hander Alex Meyer, with first pitch scheduled for 10:07 p.m. ET.
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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.
Matthew Martell is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Orioles on Sunday.