CHICAGO – Giancarlo Stanton thinks it’s fun to watch. In the hole behind Anthony Rizzo on the deck, Slugger watches as the opposing pitcher faces off against Aaron Judge.
“It’s great to watch. I get the second best view of it, Rizzo gets the best. Yeah, fun to watch. It’s fun to watch them try to outdo it,” Stanton said with a smile. “And as he wears them I hope we won’t be mistaken.”
It was a lot of fun for the Judges, Stanton and the Yankees on Thursday night as they scored seven runs in the eighth inning to beat the White Sox pitchers for a 15-7 victory at Guaranteed Rate Field.
It was no fun for the White Sox pitchers, who gave two homers to Stanton, who had a career-high six RBIs, and Judge, who went 2-for-4 with a monstrous 456-foot home run and four RBIs.
This was the 21st time they’ve been teammates that Stanton and Judge have been involved in the same game and that’s usually a pretty good sign. With this the Yankees won their fourth straight game, and scored a season-high 15 runs on a season-high 15 hits.
The White Sox leveled the game 7-7 in the seventh inning on a three-run bomb from Yoan Moncada off Jonathan Loisiga, after which he scored eight runs.
It reflects the spirit of purpose and desire of this team, the judge said.
“It’s something we’ve been doing all year,” Judge said. “It just speaks volumes for the type of people we have in this clubhouse. It doesn’t matter what the score is, it doesn’t matter if we’re down, it doesn’t matter if we’re up. We Were up and we’re still getting people on base guys. We still have great at-bats. … so I think it’s just a lot of people that we’ve got here and we want to win.
And it shows that the Yankees have people in their lineup to do just that.
Stanton had the 35th multi-home run game of his career, his first game of the season. Seven of those home runs have given the Yankees an edge in games, the most among the major leagues.
Judge hit his major league-leading 11th home run of the season in the seventh. He scored four runs with a sacrificial fly in the ninth on Thursday. In his last 15 matches, Judge has scored 20 for 61 with eight home runs and 21 RBIs.
Two of those RBIs came on less majestic hits than their homers in eighth. After White Sox reliever Joe Kelly walked onto loaded bases with two outs, the 6-7 outfielder sprinted to first base line to beat the groundball at shortstop, leaving Marvin Gonzalez and Gleber Torres, who came off the bench for a walk. To score, in a tough at-bat. Stanton followed with a two-run single and Josh Donaldson wrapped up the innings with a three-run homer.
But as Judge said, the Yankees weren’t throwing the bats and tackled one on Judge’s sacrifice fly in the ninth.
“We’ve talked about winning different ways and finding ways to win and tonight was a little different,” said manager Aaron Boone. He said, ‘We left a few runs and kept scoring runs. So just a good job on the offense.”
He had to pick up the pitching, which was the foundation for the Yankees’ early-season success. On Thursday night, it wasn’t that fast.
Loisiga has struggled this season and it became an issue on Thursday night. The homer he gave to Moncada was third in 13.2 innings this season, having allowed a total of 70.2 innings last season.
Louis Gill made a fine start for the Yankees, who were playing 23 games in 22 days, conceding four runs on five hits. He scored two runs and scored five overs in four innings of work.
This was the night the crime had to escalate and it was fun for Stanton. For the White Sox pitcher, not so much.
“I think he’s obviously got a lot of professional hitters. He’s got a gameplan. He’s put in a lot of good batsmen,” said White Sox starter Dylan Cease after conceding six runs in four innings. You just have to put on your hat.”