The Yankees right-hander saw his 3-2 lead expand in a five-run sixth-inning that included RBI doubles from Tyler Wade — his first career hit — and Ronald Torreyes before Judge launched a two-run laser into the left-field bleachers that blew the game open. Didi Gregorius added a two-run homer and Miguel Andujar smacked a two-run double in the ninth off Michael Ynoa to cap off the offensive explosion. Andujar, making his MLB debut at DH with Matt Holliday landing on the DL, went 3-for-4 with four RBIs and a stolen base.
White Sox lefty Carlos Rodon struggled with command in his first outing after dealing with left biceps bursitis since Spring Training, walking six and passing Edinson Volquez for the most pitches thrown this season while having more balls than strikes with 41 strikes out of 93 pitches. Despite his erratic performance — including a three-run first inning — Rodon was able to toss five innings while allowing just the three unearned runs.
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Off the back foot: Rodon struggled with his command from the get-go but could have made it out of the first inning scoreless. After a leadoff walk to Brett Gardner, Rodon blistered a 95.5-mph fastball past Judge for a strikeout and got Gary Sanchez to fly out to center before inducing what appeared to be an inning-ending grounder to short. White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson fielded the ball, throwing high off his back foot so that first baseman Jose Abreu had to leap to grab the ball and couldn’t get his foot back on the bag. Anderson’s 18th error of the season — most in the Majors among shortstops — led to a three-run first inning as a run scored on the play and two more came around on Andujar’s first career hit.
All rise in Chicago: Judge expanded on his Major League lead with his 27th home run, a two-run shot in the sixth inning off Jake Petricka to make it 8-2. The ball tied the lowest launch angle of any home run hit this year at 15 degrees, according to Statcast™. It had a measured exit velocity of 115.2 mph, Judge’s sixth homer of 115 mph or more this season, making him the first person to do so more than five times since Statcast™ was introduced in 2015. He was also the first person not named Giancarlo Stanton to hit five in a season, and only the Rangers’ Joey Gallo (with three) has more than one blast of 115 mph or more this season.
Fabian Ardaya is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago and covered the White Sox on Wednesday.
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