For the first time in MLB history, a pair of teammates each hit a HR in their first MLB plate appearances in the same game.
And to top it all off, they went back-to-back!
Tyler Austin (1B) and Aaron Judge (RF) each hit home runs in the second inning, each going back-to-back in their first MLB at bats, to spark the Yanks to an 8-4 win over Tampa Bay Saturday afternoon. Judge’s HR was a 446-ft. bomb to straightaway center. Austin and Judge were hitting 7 and 8 in the lineup. Austin came up when A-Rod was released, and Heller was sent down for Judge.
The two historic homers were two of five the Yanks hit yesterday.
Masahiro Tanaka gave up a 3-run HR to Brad Miller in the fourth, the first of his two HRs on the day, to put the Rays up 3-2, but Starlin Castro tied it in the bottom of the fourth with his 14th HR of the season.
The Yanks went up 6-3 in the fifth on a 3-run HR by Aaron Hicks (6).
After Tanaka gave up another HR to Miller to cut the lead to 6-4, Didi Gregorius, hitting cleanup (who’d have seen THAT in March?) hit a 2-run HR (15) to put the Yanks up 8-4, which is where it ended up.
Tanaka (w, 9-4, 3.40) 7 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 0 Walks, 8 K. Gave up 2 HR, both to Brad Miller.
Clippard 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.92 (AZ/NYY)
Swarzak 0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 4.97. Faced one batter, gave up a hit.
Layne 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 3.98 (Bos/NYY)
The win put the Yanks at 60-56.