The New York Yankees put on a power show on Friday night, launching five home runs and scoring 10 runs on the Detroit Tigers, backing a masterful performance (yes, another one) by ace Gerrit Cole.
Aaron Judge, the Yankeesâ€™ right fielder, was behind the offensive masterpiece, hitting two home runs including his second career grand slam. He had spent the last couple of days making some adjustments on the batterâ€™s box.
Yankeeâ€™s beat writer Bryan Hoch explained the work Judge had been putting into in the last couple of days: he was â€œadjusting his hand placement and stride to find a better position for driving the ball.â€ Well, itâ€™s safe to say he found it.
â€œAll around, I think our team is just really starting to get comfortable,â€ Judge told MLB.com. â€œWe got off to a slow start this season, but thatâ€™s why we play 162. Weâ€™re staying aggressive, weâ€™re attacking pitches in the zone. When we do that, this team is something special.â€
The Yankeesâ€™ offensive turnaround has been noteworthy
For the first few games of the season, the Yankees couldnâ€™t buy a run. Giancarlo Stanton, Gio Urshela, Aaron Hicks, Gleyber Torres, and other stars were slumping. But the season is long, and for a team as talented as the Bombers, it was just a matter of time.
â€œPutting up 10 runs like we did, thatâ€™s the way we want to start a homestand,â€ Judge said. â€œEspecially when weâ€™ve got Big Cole on the mound, heâ€™s always dominant, ready to go, prepared. He always gets us fired up and locked in. We responded and kept it up throughout the whole night.â€
Stanton had his third consecutive three-hit game and has a hit in eight consecutive contests.
â€œIâ€™m on time for the fastball,â€ Stanton said. â€œI was swinging through a lot of those in the zone. When you can square up the heater and adjust to the rest, thatâ€™s when Iâ€™m at my best.â€
The Yankees are starting to heat up and are poised to have a big, big month of May.
â€œItâ€™s definitely good to swing the way they did again, up and down the lineup,â€ manager Aaron Boone said. â€œWeâ€™ve started to win some more games and the offense has started coming through. It does seem like a lot of different guys are having a hand in things, and that was certainly the case tonight.â€