The Yankees are only on their third game of the 2018 postseason, but All-Star slugger Aaron Judge already has six hits — and three home runs — to his name. The 26-year-old seized his latest opportunity during the first inning of Saturday’s game. He worked a 1-2 count against Boston southpaw David Price, then unleashed a 445-foot bomb to the top of the Green Monster to put the Yankees on the board:
Price barely had time to recover before he was hit with another moonshot, this one off the bat of Gary Sanchez at the top of the second inning.
The Yankees are angling for a comeback in Game 2 of the ALDS as they look to even the series standings this weekend. So far, this is their second multi-home run game since the Wild Card playoff against the Athletics, when Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton bookended the team’s 7-2 win with a pair of solo shots.
Following Andrew McCutchen‘s bonus RBI single in the second inning, the Yankees currently lead the Red Sox 3-0 in the third.
Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. was named the Most Valuable Player of the American League Championship Series after his club punched its ticket to the World Series on Thursday night against the Astros.
Coincidentally, the Astros’ Game 5 starter Justin Verlander was ALCS MVP last year en route to a championship.
Bradley went 0-for-3 with a walk in Thursday’s Game 5, but he hit a three-run double in Game 2, a grand slam in Game 3, and a go-ahead two-run home run in Game 4. That’s nine RBI and three extra-base hits across five games. He also drew four walks.
Though Bradley had a solid regular season, he was not near the top of the list most people would’ve expected to win ALCS MVP heading into the series. During the season, he hit .234/.314/.403 with 13 home runs, 59 RBI, 76 runs scored, and 17 stolen bases in 535 plate appearances.