Empowering Communities, Celebrating Minnesota Locally

Judge power fuels Yankees in 4-0 win over Twins as slugger hits 3rd-deck homer and 3 doubles

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Aaron Judge electrified the crowd with a 467-foot home run, igniting the New York Yankees’ 4-0 triumph over the Minnesota Twins on a vibrant Wednesday night. His booming shot was just the beginning of his heroics, as he followed it up with three scorching doubles, driving in two crucial runs.

With a grin, Judge expressed the effortless connection he felt when the ball met his bat: “You don’t even feel it, when you get it on the barrel like that.” His remarkable performance continued a hot streak, tallying 16 hits and eight walks over the last 10 games.

Pitcher Marcus Stroman showcased his prowess, tossing six scoreless innings for his first win in four starts. His masterful performance limited the Twins to a mere double, single, and three walks, maintaining the Yankees’ long-standing dominance over their opponents.

Anthony Volpe’s sacrifice fly and Giancarlo Stanton’s RBI single added to the Yankees’ offensive onslaught. The heart of their lineup, featuring Judge, Alex Verdugo, and Stanton, accounted for eight of their 13 hits, asserting their dominance in the third, fourth, and fifth spots.

The Yankees’ superiority over the Twins was evident in their comprehensive victory. They outscored the Twins 9-1 and outperformed them with a 26-11 hit margin in the first two games of the series. This win marked their 118th victory against the Twins since 2002, boasting the best record against any intraleague opponent over 23 seasons.

Despite Twins starter Pablo López’s efforts, yielding a season-high 10 hits, he couldn’t contain the Yankees’ relentless lineup. Judge’s towering home run, his 11th of the season, epitomized the Yankees’ dominance, reaching the third deck above left field with a blistering 113 mph off the bat.

The Yankees’ momentum was unstoppable, highlighted by Judge’s stellar performance, leaving both fans and opponents in awe. Manager Aaron Boone likened Judge’s home run to a display from a home run derby, emphasizing its sheer power and spectacle.

While the Twins struggled to contain the Yankees, they faced challenges of their own, including errors from outfielder Willi Castro. Despite his miscues, Twins manager Rocco Baldelli emphasized the importance of supporting Castro through his struggles.

With the series heating up, both teams prepare for the next showdown. Yankees’ right-hander Clarke Schmidt will take the mound, facing off against Twins’ right-hander Joe Ryan in what promises to be another thrilling encounter.