“There are degrees of Japanese killer…”
New York Yankees Aaron Judge started in right field and batted second in the lineup against the San Diego Padres on April 29 (ET) at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York, U.S. He went 2-for-4 with a home run (one home run), two RBI and two runs scored.
In his first at-bat, with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the first inning, Jersey crushed a 91.6 mph (147.4 km/h) three-pitch cutter from San Diego starter Darvish. The pitch hit a whopping 111.1 mph (178.8 km/h) and went 399 feet (121.6 meters) over the left-center field fence for his 15th home run of the season.
Jersey also played solid defense, catching a 343-foot (105-meter) home run off San Diego’s Lugedad O’Dowd in the second inning. Hitting a home run in his first at-bat and catching an opponent’s home run was the perfect situation for Darvish.
Down 2-3 and with runners on first and third in the bottom of the third inning, Judge stepped up to the plate again, this time pulling a 96-mph sinker from Darvish for a three-run, game-tying single to tie the game. Judge then drove in Willie Calhoun with a single to center field.
While he didn’t produce another hit in his next at-bat, his home run and RBI in the first two at-bats against Darvish were enough to help the team win the game. The Yankees rode a big outing from Judge and the rest of the lineup to a 10-7 win over San Diego to keep their two-game winning streak alive.
Jersey has rung the bell for “Japanese” players several times this year. Against the Los Angeles Angels on April 20, Judge made a spectacular defensive play when he made a “jumping catch” of Shohei Ohtani, who hit his sixth home run of the season and was in contention for the MVP title last year.
If he kept Ohtani at bay with his glove, he kept the Japanese at bay with his bat. On April 26 against the Minnesota Twins, he was a one-man show, going 3-for-4 with a home run, three RBIs, one run scored, and one walk. On that day, Judge pounded Minnesota starter Genta Maeda with three hits, including two doubles, as Maeda gave up a career-high 10 runs.
Yusei Kikuchi (Toronto Blue Jays) is the only Japanese pitcher Jersey hasn’t defeated this year. Judge hasn’t produced a hit against Kikuchi this year. On May 21, he struck out, grounded out, and walked Kikuchi in Toronto. At the time, Kikuchi pitched six innings of four-hit ball and one run to earn his third win of the season.토토사이트
Aside from Kikuchi, the local Japanese media lamented Jersey’s performance against Ohtani in the field and Darvish and Maeda at the plate. On the 28th, Japan’s Junichi Sports said, “There is a Japanese killer degree this season,” expressing his frustration with Japanese players.
After hitting 62 home runs last year in a season that will go down in Major League Baseball history, Judge signed a massive nine-year, $360 million (47.8 billion won) contract with the Yankees as a free agent. He has continued his tremendous play this season, hitting .291 with 15 homers, 35 RBIs and a 1.031 OPS in 44 games.