“Even Japanese killers have a level…”
New York Yankees Aaron Judge started in right field and batted second in the lineup against the San Diego Padres at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York, U.S., on Monday (29th), going 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBIs and two runs scored.
In his first at-bat, with the bases loaded and no outs in the bottom of the first inning, Jersey crushed a 91.6 mph (147.4 km/h) three-pitch cutter from San Diego starter Darvish. The pitch hit a whopping 111.1 mph (178.8 km/h) and went 399 feet (121.6 metres) over the left-centre field fence for his 15th home run of the season.
He also showed off his solid defence in the field, catching a 343-foot (105 m) home run off San Diego’s Lugedad O’Dowd in the second inning. Hitting a home run in his first at-bat and catching an opposite-field home run was the perfect situation for Darvish.스포츠토토
Down 2-3 and with runners on first and third in the bottom of the third inning, Judge stepped up to the plate again, this time pulling a 96 mph (154.5 km/h) sinker from Darvish for a three-run, game-tying single to tie the game. Judge then drove home Willie Calhoun on a single to left field.
While he didn’t produce another hit in his next at-bat, his home run and RBI in the first two at-bats against Darvish were enough to help his team win the game. The Yankees continued their winning ways with a 10-7 victory over San Diego, thanks to a big outing from Judge and the rest of the batting order.
If he was shutting down Ohtani with his pitching, he was shutting down the Japanese with his bat. He had a “one-man show” against the Minnesota Twins on 26 April, going 3-for-4 with a home run, three RBIs, one run scored and one walk. On that day, Jersey pounded Minnesota starter Genta Maeda with three hits, including two doubles, as Maeda was charged with a career-high 10 runs.
Yusei Kikuchi (Toronto Blue Jays) is the only Japanese pitcher Jersey hasn’t defeated this year. Judge has not produced a hit against Kikuchi this year. On the 21st of last month, he struck out, grounded out, and struck out against Kikuchi in Toronto. At the time, Kikuchi earned his third win of the season with six innings of four-hit ball.
Aside from Kikuchi, the Japanese media bemoaned Jersey’s performance against Ohtani in defence and Darvish and Maeda at the plate. On the 28th, Japan’s Junichi Sports said, “There is a Japanese killer degree this season,” expressing his frustration with Japanese players.
Judge signed a nine-year, $360 million (47.8 billion won) mega-contract with the Yankees as a free agent last year after a season that will go down in Major League Baseball history for hitting 62 home runs. He has continued his breakout performance this season, hitting .291 with 15 homers, 35 RBIs and a 1.031 OPS in 44 games.