New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge hit the hardest ball of 2017 Saturday night when he blasted a 121.07 miles per hour solo shot to left in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles, according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal.
ATLANTA - Steven Matz pitched seven impressive innings in his season debut, Jay Bruce hit a three-run homer and NY beat Atlanta to get the sweep.
The Yankees smacked five home runs on Saturday, which marked their third game this season with five or more homers.
Tillman (1-4) was knocked around for nine runs in just 1.1 innings, yielding seven hits and three walks in a forgettable 45-pitch performance.
Jonathan Schoop hit a two-run homer but the Orioles mustered five hits and none after the fifth inning. "And I didn't really do that in the second inning, or in the sixth, against Hicks". Pinch hitter Caleb Joseph added a ninth-inning RBI single which ended an 0-for-45 stretch for opponents with runners in scoring position against NY.
Jackson, who was making his second appearance since his contract was selected from Triple-A Norfolk, opened the seventh with a throwing error that put Chase Headley on base. Austin Romine added a two-run single in the eighth. The difference of late, according to the lefty: "I've just slowed my tempo down, let my arm get up and let the ball come out of my hand". He also became the fastest rookie to 15 home runs since Mark McGwire in 1987. Aaron Judge had other ideas.
Orioles: C Welington Castillo (testicular injury) was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list prior to the game. Five players went yard for NY, the Yankees' most in a game this season. There is no timetable for his return. He struck out six and walked two. He has been sidelined since May 13 with rotator cuff inflammation in his left shoulder. Girardi hopes that the 29-year-old can be activated next weekend in Oakland. He will work out with Trenton, although he is not expected to play in any games this week. Dylan Bundy (6-5) tossed six solid innings but lost for the fourth time in his past five starts.
The Orioles holds a 5-4 win/loss record against the Yankees this season.
Still, Tanaka has pitched so poorly that the first-place Yanks didn't even want the $155 million man facing high-powered Baltimore in the series finale, instead holding him back one day to face the Mike Trout-less Angels on Monday in Anaheim.
But really, each of the Yanks' planned 2-through-5 starters boast an ERA under 3.70, more than a half-run below the league average.