The Yankees offense broke out nine runs behind on home runs Aaron Judge And Anthony Volpe in a 9-4 victory over the Marlins.
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-Volpe opened the scoring for the Yankees in the second inning with a three-run blast in left center field. The rookie shortstop had entered the game with a 2-for-17 slip, but the home run was his 15e of the season, making him only the second Yankees rookie to ever reach more than 15 home runs and more than 20 stolen bases. Alfonso Soriano.
-Judge, who hit just two home runs since returning from the IL, fired a massive 140-yard solo shot to center field—his longest home run of the season. While Judge got the best of the Marlins in his second at bat, pitchers continue to approach him cautiously as he walked two more on Friday, giving him a total of 16 walks in his 13 games back.
–Ian Hamilton was used as the opener for the second consecutive game, but this time he returned to pitch the second inning and that didn’t bring the best results. The right-hander allowed two runs, but luckily got a three-run lead from Volpe.
Hamilton turned the game around Randy Vasquez in the third inning, which gave the Yankees 3.2 innings of work, allowing two runs on three hits and striking out two. Vasquez’s role in the coming weeks will be interesting to watch as the Yankees’ starting rotation is depleted by injuries and issues.
-The Yankees struggled all week to hit with runners in scoring position, but came through with clutch hits in Friday’s win to go 5-for-10 with RISP. Oswaldo Cabrera ripped an RBI single in the fourth with runners on first and third, followed by Isiah Kiner-Falefa RBI single with runners on first and second base. Gleyber Torres Also drove in Cabrera later in the inning with another RBI single
The Yankees continued their three-game series with the Marlins on Saturday afternoon. The first throw is scheduled for 8:10 PM.
The Yankees have yet to formally name a starter after seeding Nestor Cortes on the IL only Yomy brito was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The Marlins have a reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Sandy Alcantara (4-10, 4.28 ERA) on the hump.