Bronx, NY—Whenever Boston comes to town there is always a tad bit of excitement swirling around Yankee Stadium.
The Bosox just got swept by their arch-rivals, but it was a dog fight in the three-game series. You would not expect anything less from a Yankee and Red Sox matchup.
Boston fell 9-7 to the Bombers on Sunday night after Yankee slugger Aaron Judge crushed a breaking ball that landed several rows up in the raised bleachers beyond the left-center bullpen for his sixth home run already this year. That two-run home run off Matt Barnes in the eighth inning was all the Yankees needed to close the Red Sox out.
“I really think he’s on a mission right now,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.
First baseman Luke Voit also went yard in a back-and-forth bomb fest to help NY (7-1) finish a three-game sweep in the first series this season between their nemesis. The Yankees have won six in a row and 11 of 12 against Boston since last July.
Judge has been smashing pitchers this season but most of his damage this time against the BoSox’ pitching staff, using Matt Hall, Zack Godley, Ryan Weber, and Barnes as rocket launchers for his quick start.
With no fans at Yankee Stadium because of the Covid-19, teammates in the dugout were easily heard yelling in excitement when Judge crushed the ball throughout the game.
“Not locked in yet. Still trying to find it,” Judge said. “I’m feeling good.”
Boston actually had a couple leads before Judge dismantled their pitching staff. If Boston plans on contending in the AL East division they definitely have to shore up their pitching staff.