Aaron Judge hails Anthony Volpe as the pivot of Yankees victory

Yankees' Anthony Volpe hits a 404-feet home run to left field at LoanDepot Park vs. the Miami Marlins on August 11, 2023.
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The Yankees’ 9-4 victory against the Marlins saw everyone on the team pitching in to make the victory possible. However, Captain Aaron Judge gave credit to Anthony Volpe to make sure the team marched to victory.

Anthony Volpe and Aaron Judge hammered home runs, spearheading an offensive onslaught that saw the Yankees amass 14 hits and force left-handed pitcher Jesus Luzardo out of the game prematurely. Seven of the Yankees players managed to get on base at least twice, with four of them enjoying multi-hit performances.

According to Aaron Judge, Anthony Volpe’s action of securing a substantial three-run lead served as a catalyst, enabling all other individuals in the Yankees lineup to adhere to their designated game plans. This, in turn, encouraged a patient approach at the plate when needed and effective execution in driving runs across the plate. This sequence of events established the foundation for the team’s overall performance.

“Volpe going up there and giving us a good three-run lead allowed everybody else in the lineup to go out and stick to your game plan, take your walk when you need to, drive a guy in when you need to,” Judge said. “That set the tone for everything.”

Yankees offensive burst

The Yankees unleashed their hitting prowess in a significant manner, as each player in the starting lineup contributed at least one hit at LoanDepot Park. Amidst the announcement that Nestor Cortes is probably sidelined for the remainder of the season due to another rotator cuff strain, dealing a blow to their postseason aspirations, the Yankees found themselves with an opportunity to narrow the gap to four games for the last AL wild card position, pending the outcome of the Blue Jays’ match against the Cubs.

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Naturally, the Yankees have displayed offensive prowess in similar games recently, but they have struggled to translate it into a consistent streak. If the Yankees aim to fulfill their potential and mount a successful push, they will hope that Friday’s performance is a foreshadowing of their future endeavors.

The Yankees’ offensive momentum began to build in the second inning. With Giancarlo Stanton and Harrison Bader both hitting one-out singles, Anthony Volpe stepped up to the plate and hammered Luzardo’s 97 mph fastball 404 feet to left field, extending the lead to 3-0. This blast marked the rookie shortstop’s 15th home run of the season.

“Just keep working the way we’ve been working,” the Yankees shortstop said. “We want to have more at-bats in those kinds of situations [with runners on base] and keep giving our teammates opportunities. I feel like if we keep doing that, then the more reps and experience we get, the better we’ll get at it.”

In the third inning, Judge initiated with a colossal hit, obliterating yet another 97 mph fastball and propelling the ball 464 feet, reaching the midpoint of the batter’s eye, thus pushing the Yankees’ score to 4-2. This remarkable hit marked Judge’s 22nd home run of the season and was his longest so far.

Subsequently, the Yankees refrained from sending the ball out of the park, instead orchestrating a sequence of hits to extend their advantage in the fourth inning.

Aaron Judge expressed that the occurrence permitted the entire team, encompassing both the pitching staff and the offensive segment, as well as all members of the Yankees’ batting lineup, to experience a sense of relaxation and adherence to the established strategy. Judge remarked that during instances of collective offensive struggles, players often tend to attempt exceeding what’s necessary in their plate appearances.

Other Yankees’ rookies too pitch in

Randy Vasquez, who was called up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre earlier in the day to replace the injured Carlos Rodon in the rotation, provided reliable support behind opener Ian Hamilton.

Following a two-run concession by Hamilton in the second inning, Vasquez took the mound in the third and delivered a steady performance, covering 3 ²/₃ innings while allowing two additional runs.

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Consecutively, Jake Bauers, Kyle Higashioka, Oswaldo Cabrera, and Isiah Kiner-Falefa combined for four singles in a row for the Yankees, propelling the lead to 6-2 and marking the end of Luzardo’s outing.

Before the inning concluded, Gleyber Torres contributed an RBI single, extending the Yankees’ score to 7-2 against reliever George Soriano.

Should the Yankees aspire to reclaim a coveted playoff berth, particularly amidst a dwindling rotation, their resurgence will undoubtedly hinge upon the prowess of their offensive lineup. Friday evening provided a sneak peek into how that scenario could unfold.

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