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The NY Yankees Takes The Series Against The Angels Behind Judge And Soto Heroics 8-3

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Photo Credit: Antoine Belote

Anaheim, CA—- The New York Yankees showcased their offensive firepower with a commanding 8-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night, highlighted by stellar performances from Aaron Judge and Juan Soto.

Judge etched his name in Yankees history by launching his 275th career homer, a two-run blast off Patrick Sandoval in the fourth inning. This feat placed him alongside the legendary Lou Gehrig as the only players in pinstripes to achieve at least 12 homers and 12 doubles in a single calendar month, a milestone Gehrig reached back in July 1930. Judge’s power surge continued as he notched his 18th homer of the season, tying for the MLB lead with Gunnar Henderson of Baltimore and Kyle Tucker of Houston.

Yankees’ skipper Aaron Boone hailed Judge’s impact, describing him as a “special player doing special things” and crediting his home run for injecting energy into the team. The seventh inning saw Juan Soto’s bases-clearing triple, which effectively sealed the Yankees’ victory.

However, amidst the triumph, the Yankees also witnessed the end of two impressive streaks. Anthony Volpe’s 21-game hitting streak came to a halt as he went 0 for 4, matching Ketel Marte’s season-long streak in the majors. Additionally, Carlos Rodón’s stellar pitching performance, though pivotal in securing the win, marked the end of the Yankees’ MLB-record streak of 16 consecutive games with starting pitchers going at least five innings while allowing two runs or fewer.

Despite Logan O’Hoppe’s home run for the Angels and Sandoval’s solid outing on the mound, the home team’s struggles continued at The Big A, where they dropped five of six games during the homestand and now stand at a 7-21 record for the season.

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Judge’s crucial home run and Rodón’s strong start were instrumental in the Yankees’ victory, with Judge acknowledging the significance of his contribution while reflecting on his performance at the plate.

Sandoval, despite a respectable showing, rued a costly mistake pitch to Judge, admitting he should have stuck to his initial plan. Meanwhile, Rodón, who extended his winning streak to five games, delivered a dominant pitching display, limiting the Angels to just three hits over six innings.

The game turned decisively in the seventh inning as the Yankees capitalized on Adam Cimber’s struggles on the mound, with walks and hits contributing to a pivotal scoring spree, including Soto’s decisive three-run triple.

The Bronx Bombers’ offensive output, coupled with Rodón’s pitching exhibition, proved too much for the Angels to handle, securing a convincing win for the visitors in Anaheim.

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Yankees: RHP Marcus Stroman (4-2, 2.76 ERA) sets to take the mound for Friday’s series opener in San Francisco.

Angels:RHP José Soriano (2-5, 3.61 ERA) takes the mound Friday against Seattle.