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.
Marlins infielder/outfielder Brian Anderson departed Friday’s 19-11 win over the Phillies with a left hand contusion, the club announced. Following an X-ray, it was then revealed that he had sustained a fracture of the fifth metacarpal — an injury severe enough that it’ll likely keep him off the field for the remainder of the 2019 season.
Anderson suffered the injury on a hit-by-pitch in the third inning. On the first pitch of the at-bat, with the bases loaded and one out, he took a 93.9-m.p.h. fastball off his left hand. The HBP forced in a run, but he doubled over in pain and was quickly examined by a member of the Marlins’ staff before officially departing the game in the top of the fourth.
It’s an unfortunate way to end Anderson’s third campaign with the Marlins. The 26-year-old has posted some career-high numbers this year, reaching the 20-homer mark for the first time and batting a healthy .261/.342/.468 with an .810 OPS and 3.0 fWAR through 510 PA. Despite the setback, he should be fully healed and ready to go well in advance of the Marlins’ spring training in 2020.