From one MVP to another, take this!
Aaron Judge robbed Shohei Ohtani of a home run on Wednesday night, leaping over the center field fence at Yankee Stadium to keep the ball in the park before catching it downfield with his bare hand.
Aaron Judge of the Yankees jumps to make an incredible catch to rob Shohei Ohtani of a home run
With one out in the top of the first inning, Ohtani sent a huge fly into deep center against New York Yankees rookie pitcher Jhony Brito. The 6-foot-7 Judge went back to the wall and jumped, just to the right of the 408-foot sign in front of Monument Park.
The ball hit the heel of Judge’s glove well over the fence and bounced gently back toward the warning track. When he landed on his feet, Judge stuck out his right hand and made the catch — an instant play aimed at the highlight reels of this three-game series featuring several of baseball’s biggest stars.
Last year’s AL MVP paused for a moment and smiled widely as he threw the ball.
To top it off, Judge blasted a two-run shot into the left-center bullpen in the bottom half off Los Angeles Angels first baseman Griffin Canning for his sixth homer of the season. The slugger hit 62 last year, breaking the American League record.
Aaron Judge smashes a two-run homer to help the Yankees take an early 2-0 lead over the Angels.
Aaron Judge’s two-run homer in the first inning helped the New York Yankees take a 2-0 lead over the Los Angeles Angels.
In the series opener on Tuesday night, Ohtani hit a two-run homer into the Yankees’ bullpen in right-center in the first inning, sending the Angels on their way to a 5-2 victory.
It was the fourth career home run at Yankee Stadium for Ohtani, the two-way superstar who won the 2021 AL MVP award before finishing runner-up to Judge last year.
Report from The Associated Press.
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