Yankees 7-3 Giants: Veterans lead bombing of Bay Area

New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge, left, celebrates after hitting a two-run home run against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 1, 2024, in San Francisco.
John Allen
Sunday June 2, 2024

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New York Yankees 7-3 San Francisco Giants

SAN FRANCISCO — Aaron Judge remained hot at the plate in San Francisco, hitting his third home run in two games and leading the New York Yankees to a 7-3 win over the Giants on Saturday night.

After his impressive two-home run game on Friday night, which was his debut at the Giants’ Oracle Park—a stadium he idolized in his youth—Judge hit another massive home run on Saturday. This tremendous shot is now recorded as one of the most remarkable home runs in the ballpark’s 25-year history.

Judge Launches Historic Home Run

Aaron Judge continued his impressive performance in San Francisco, launching a colossal 464-foot home run into the left-field bleachers after a patient nine-pitch at-bat against Logan Webb in the first inning. This historic shot not only gave the Yankees an early 2-0 lead but also solidified Judge’s position as the major league home run leader with his 21st homer of the season.

Despite the calendar turning to June, Judge’s hot streak shows no signs of slowing down. He had an outstanding May, leading the league with 14 home runs, 12 doubles, and an impressive 27 RBIs. His offensive surge even surpassed Joe DiMaggio’s July 1937 record of 31 extra-base hits in a single month. Additionally, Judge is currently on a 28-game on-base streak, demonstrating his all-around dominance.

In an attempt to neutralize Judge, Webb intentionally walked him in the third inning with a runner on third. While this strategy limited Judge’s immediate impact, he later struck out in the fifth with a runner on third but finished his night with a single in his final at-bat.

Yankees Offense Explodes in Support of Poteet’s Win

Aaron Judge wasn’t the only Yankee with a hot bat in San Francisco. Giancarlo Stanton added to the offensive fireworks with a two-run homer in the eighth inning off Ryan Walker, complementing Judge’s efforts. Alex Verdugo also contributed with two RBIs, helping to secure a solid lead for the Yankees.

This offensive surge provided ample support for starting pitcher Cody Poteet (2-0), who was called up from Triple-A for the start. Despite facing challenges, including a two-run homer by Casey Schmitt in the third inning and an unearned run in the fifth, Poteet persevered and earned the win in his second major league start.

The night was a tough one for Giants starter Logan Webb. Previously dominant at home this season, with only four earned runs allowed in five starts, Webb struggled against the Yankees, giving up the same number of earned runs in just seven innings.

The Giants’ defeat extended their losing streak to three games, their longest skid since being swept by the Philadelphia Phillies in a four-game series earlier in May (May 3-6).

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Up Next

Nestor Cortes (3-4, 3.29 ERA) will start for the Yankees as they aim to complete a series sweep. The left-hander will be up against Blake Snell (0-3, 10.42 ERA) of the Giants, who is still looking for his first victory after five starts with his new team. This game represents the Yankees’ second shot at a sweep in their last three series at Oracle Park. The last time they were here in 2019, they swept the Giants in a three-game series.

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