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Yankees Highlights: So many dingers

The Yankees tee’d off on the Mets tonight.

New York Mets v New York Yankees Photo by Elsa/Getty Images

It may have been two games that don’t count, but the Yankees certainly looked very strong after taking care of their crosstown rivals. The Yankees dominated the Mets from the first inning on tonight, collecting tape-measure shots while their opponents struggled just to get baserunners. Even though they were granted a bottom of the ninth to get more looks, that was just a bonus as they secured a 6-0 victory well in advance.

Winner of the Game

Do you have a minute, because several Yankees deserve the honor tonight. First let’s turn to Aaron Judge, who got things started with a solo shot to left off of Corey Oswalt in the first inning. Judge wasn’t satisfied with that, however, getting another blast in the sixth inning, this time a two-run shot off of Drew Smith. I do believe he is ready for Opening Day.

Judge wasn’t alone in hitting some bombs, however. Three other Yankees accomplished the feat tonight, starting with Gary Sanchez in the fourth. Luke Voit added a solo home run of his own alongside Judge in the sixth, and then in the seventh Giancarlo Stanton hit this mammoth blast:

The Yankees were kings of the long ball, but they also had the pitching performances to frustrate the Mets further. Jordan Montgomery got the ball and tossed five shutout innings, allowing just two hits and striking out six. Monty had his whole repertoire working, including some excellent curveballs that kept the Mets on their toes all night. There’s no doubt about it — he’ll be starting this season in the rotation.

Jonathans Loaisiga and Holder pitched the remaining four innings, and allowed just one hit combined to close out the game. There was nothing to complain about from the arms in this two-game set, they came out and delivered.

Loser of the Game

Most of the Yankees had a great day, but unfortunately one of them didn’t get to join in on the fun. Matt Duffy had a rough night at the plate, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts, and he booted a ball at third as well. It didn’t hurt the Yankees tonight, so it’s hardly something to critique, but it stood out against the rest of the team’s success.