Giancarlo Stanton may have some stiff competition for this year’s Home Run Derby. Yankees slugger Aaron Judge hit the longest home run of the season when he sent a Logan Verrett slider out to left-center field, landing 495 feet away from home plate, according to MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch.
The Diamondbacks’ Jake Lamb previously had the longest home run of the season at 481 feet. The only home run hit further last season was Giancarlo Stanton’s 504-foot blast, according to Statcast. Kris Bryant also hit a 495-foot shot in 2015.
Judge also singled, doubled, and drew a walk through the first six innings of Sunday’s action. As of this writing, he’s hitting .341/.448/.702 with 20 home runs, 45 RBI, and 53 runs scored in 248 plate appearances.
Update: Judge hit his 21st homer in the seventh off of Jimmy Yacabonis, a two-run blast. It only went 402 feet, though. Only.
Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper tore the cover off of a baseball during Thursday night’s game against the Royals. It didn’t happen like it does in the movies; Harper fouled off a 3-2 breaking ball from Alec Asher in the bottom of the second inning.
Just as impressive as tearing the cover off of a baseball was Harper’s shampoo-commercial-esque hair flip.
Harper eventually drew a walk and then executed the back end of a double-steal with Trea Turner. Turner would then score on an Adam Lind sacrifice fly while Harper was stranded. The Nationals went on to win 6-1.
Update (10:00 PM ET): With one out in the top of the seventh, Lorenzo Cain broke up McCuller’s no-hit bid with a triple to left-center field.
Astros starter Lance McCullers has held the Royals scoreless through six innings in Thursday night’s start in Kansas City. The right-hander has walked two, but has otherwise kept the Royals off base while striking out seven on 79 pitches.
The Astros have provided McCullers just one run of support against opposing starter Jason Hammel. With runners on first and third and one out, Hammel balked, bringing in a run.
The Marlins’ Edinson Volquez authored the season’s only no-hitter thus far this season, doing so on Saturday against the Diamondbacks. The last no-hitter thrown by a member of the Astros was Mike Fiers on August 21, 2015 against the Dodgers. The Royals were last victims of a no-hitter on May 19, 2008 against Jon Lester, then with the Red Sox.
We’ll keep you updated as McCullers attempts to navigate the final three innings of his no-hit bid.