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.
The Padres are set to recall top infield prospect Luis Urías from Triple-A El Paso, according to a report from Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune. It’ll be the second such stint for the club’s no. 2 prospect, and one they hope to extend through the end of the season. A corresponding roster move will be announced later this weekend.
Urías, 22, struggled in his first promotion to the majors this April. Touted as “one of the Minors’ better pure hitters” with “innate bat-to-ball skills” and “plus on-base skills,” he found it difficult to adjust to big league pitching and slashed a lackluster .083/.241/.125 with just two hits and four walks over 11 games with the Padres.
Upon his return to Triple-A, however, the young middle infielder has delivered nothing short of spectacular results, batting .315/.398/.600 with 19 home runs, seven stolen bases (in nine chances), and a .998 OPS across 339 plate appearances. Given the additional measures he’s taken to improve his mechanics — something, Acee says, the Padres are far more interested in than his results at the plate — it seems he may be ready to handle the competition at the highest level on a long-term basis.
Urías is expected to be recalled in time for the Padres’ game against the Cubs on Saturday, where he’ll likely share the middle infield with fellow top prospect Fernando Tatís. The game is set for 2:20 PM EDT.