Stunned Yankees react to Aaron Judge homer nearly leaving Safeco Field

Geneva Matthews
July 23, 2017

An approximation of 440 feet did seem a little off when the ball almost left the stadium.

"A little short", Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

Felix Hernandez gave Seattle a strong pitching game, but he made one mistake - a homer by Brett Gardner - and defense failed the home team, and the New York Yankees went on to beat the Mariners 4-1 Thursday in the first game in the four-game series at Safeco Field. The ball Judge hit nearly flew all the way out of Safeco Field, and the Yankees were pretty proud that even the Major League Baseball couldn't figure out how far it went. That ended when he crushed a lazy curveball to within one row of the top of the upper deck in left field (see below). No one has hit one out of Safeco during a game since the ballpark opened midway through the 1999 season.

Sabathia, who had another quality start for the yanks, tried to show Judge in the dugout where his home run traveled.

Friday saw more great pitching from NY.

His long homer left the stadium buzzing and there were more than a smattering of boos when he was walked on a 3-2 pitch by reliever Emilio Pagan in the seventh. Moore got the better of the slugger with a three-pitch strikeout in the first and got Judge to fly out to deep centre field his next at-bat. "I'd definitely like to have that one back". Seattle it listed with odds of +120 at home, while the over/under total for the game is set at 8.5 runs.

Seager led off the sixth with a walk, but Mitch Haniger struck out, Jarrod Dyson popped up and Ben Gamel flied out. He allowed eight hits, but was outstanding when in trouble. The veteran blanked Boston on two hits over six innings on Sunday in his second start since returning from a hamstring injury.

Rookie starter Trevor Williams (4-4) overcame a rough first to pitch 62/3 solid innings for his first win in more than a month.

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