Judge-Stanton climbs to fifth spot on all-time Yankees power duos list

Yankees' Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton celebrate after the former's home run against the Giants in San Francisco on June 1, 2023.
Inna Zeyger
Sunday June 2, 2024

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Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton showcased their power-hitting skills, each smashing two-run homers to lead the Yankees to a 7-3 win over the Giants at Oracle Park on Saturday. Their combined power show became the fifth-highest grosser in franchise history.

Judge capped a nine-pitch at-bat in the first inning by launching a changeup from Logan Webb into the left-field bleachers for his major league-leading 21st home run, giving the Yankees an early 2-0 lead. The California native noted the special significance of hitting a home run in the ballpark where he once cheered for the Giants as a child. Judge has now hit six homers and driven in 12 runs during the first eight games of the Yankees’ California road trip.

Relievers Ian Hamilton and Caleb Ferguson each pitched a scoreless inning to maintain the Yankees’ one-run lead before the offense erupted in the eighth. Judge’s two-out infield single kept the inning alive against Giants reliever Ryan Walker. Alex Verdugo then extended the lead to 5-3 with an RBI single, setting the stage for Stanton’s two-run homer, which gave the visitors a 7-3 cushion.

Stanton’s home run, a close call that barely stayed fair and cleared the fence, marked the fifth-highest total for a Yankees duo hitting homers in the same game, highlighting the formidable power of Judge and Stanton.

Yankees nation dominates Bay Area

New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge, right, celebrates with Alex Verdugo after hitting a two-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Thursday, May 30, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif.
AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill

The Yankees continued their dominant run with a 7-3 victory over the Giants at Oracle Park on Saturday night, much to the delight of the large contingent of New York fans in attendance.

Giants manager Bob Melvin acknowledged the formidable challenge posed by the Yankees, noting that they are currently excelling in both pitching and offense, making them a tough opponent.

The sellout crowd of 34,487 featured an estimated 20,000 Bronx faithful, whose presence was strongly felt. They erupted in cheers early when Aaron Judge launched a 464-foot, two-run homer to left field in the first inning, giving the team a 2-0 lead just three batters into the game.

Judge’s blast, his third in two games and 21st of the season, which leads the majors, sparked a celebration in the Yankees’ dugout. The excitement continued in the eighth inning when Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-run homer into the left-field seats, extending the lead to 7-3 and providing a crucial cushion.

After the game, Stanton told YES Network that the Yankees are performing as a cohesive unit, with both their pitching and hitting in top form. He emphasized the importance of maintaining their current momentum.

Judge also appreciated the strong support from New York fans on the road, noting the significant number of fans wearing both Yankees jerseys and Giants hats. He expressed his gratitude for their dedication and presence, which did not go unnoticed.

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