NEW YORK – Giancarlo Stanton threw one of the Majors’ hardest-hit home runs this season, Joey Gallo scored against his former team and Aaron Judge threw a massive three-point shot as the Yankees muscled up for a 7 victory -1 against the Rangers on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.
It was the third time Stanton, Gallo and Judge had scored a homer in the same game, all occurring in the past two weeks. The display of power helped the Bombers keep pace in the pursuit of the American League Wild Cards, remaining 1 1/2 games behind the Red Sox and one-half game behind the Blue Jays.
“Anytime we can get warm it’s good for the team, good for the offense,” said Stanton. “That’s what we need to do, and hopefully one to nine can follow suit. We have a job to do and we have some important series to come. ”
Stanton’s 31st home run of the year was a 118.5 mph ball that bombarded the back row of the left field grandstand, chasing Texas starter Dane Dunning in the third inning. Only Manny Machado of the Padres (119.6 mph) and Franchy Cordero of the Red Sox (118.6 mph) have hit the circuits harder this year.
“You sometimes feel bad for the fans,” Judge said with a laugh. “It just shows what this team can do. If you leave something above the middle for some of our big guys, they’re going to do some damage. It’s always fun to see that, especially when all the guys are clicking. ”
Gallo had his 38th homerun of the season (and 13th as a Yankee) against Kolby Allard in the sixth round. The judge put the game out of reach in the seventh, crushing an Allard cutter for a three-point shot into the opposite field, his 36th homer of the year.
“The judge allowed us to step back and sideline this game in a number of ways,” said Yankees manager Aaron Boone. “Stanton, I was in the front row watching this thing rush off. Joey’s was a majestic left-handed home run high on the second deck. I liked them all. ”
Stanton also hit in the first inning of the game with a groundout in the first inning, supporting Jordan Montgomery, who held Texas one inning on four hits in 5 2/3 innings.
Montgomery walked one and struck out six strikes, allowing a run or less for the eighth time in his last 10 starts. The southpaw credited his change with keeping Texas off balance, believing the Rangers were chasing his curveball.
“I’m starting to get really comfortable being there,” Montgomery said. “I’m starting to really feel some things in my mechanics that I can repeat. ”
Michael King threw 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief before giving in to right-hander Luis Severino, who threw two scoreless frames in his first Big League appearance since the 2019 American League Championship series – a period of 707 days.
“I felt pretty good,” Severino said. “I wasn’t worried about my order because I knew I could throw strikes. Slider, changeup, fastball command was really awesome. ”
Severino had Tommy John surgery in February 2020, and his return has been delayed this season by groin and shoulder injuries.
“It’s a proud moment for him, for his teammates and for all of us who have seen him go through a lot,” said Boone. “We’re talking about a great pitcher in this league who obviously had the injury bug and fought different things. He worked his tail to get to this moment. ”
While Severino’s return was the wellness story of the night, the lingering trend was the Bombers taking a burgeoning offensive approach – one they hope to carry them through into October. The Yankees have scored 14 straight games, a season-high, scoring 51 of their 66 points in that span via the long ball.
“It’s fun,” the judge said. “Everything is in our hands. This is where you want to be as a competitor and as a professional. You want to have the cards in your hand. You want to go out, have fun and win soccer matches. ”