Giancarlo Stanton looked a little more like a reigning MVP Sunday while leading the Yankees to a 6-2 win over the Athletics.
The high-priced slugger went 4 for 4 with two runs scored, a home run (10) and three RBIs. The hit barrage boosted Stanton’s average up to .252.
Fellow Yankees slugger Aaron Judge went 2 for 4 with two runs scored, an RBI and a walk. Known as a power hitter, Judge is batting .311 this season, bouncing back from a poor second half of last year.
New York ace Luis Severino started for the Yankees, allowing just one run in six innings with seven strikeouts. He improved to 6-1 with a 2.14 ERA this season, proving he’s an American League Cy Young contender.
The win helped the Yankees (28-12) remain tied with the Red Sox for the AL East lead, and MLB’s best record.
Studs of the Night:
Indians sluggers Yan Gomes and Jose Ramirez led Cleveland to an 11-2 victory over the Royals. Gomes went 4 for 5 with a home run, three runs scored and three RBIs. Ramirez collected two hits, two walks, a home run, two runs scored and three RBIs.
Braves starting pitcher Sean Newcomb could be this year’s breakout performer after turning in his third straight scoreless start. Newcomb lasted six innings, striking out six, while allowing just one hit in a 4-3 win over the Marlins. He now owns an 2.51 ERA, and he’s struck out 54 in his 46 2/3 innings in 2018.
Brewers star prospect Freddy Peralta struck out 13 over 5 2/3 scoreless innings in a 7-3 win over the Rockies. The 21 year old only allowed a single while starting in place of injured Chase Anderson.
Dud of the Night:
For the second straight game, Rays pitchers struggled to get Orioles hitters out. This time, starter Blake Snell was lit up for five earned runs off of six hits in just three innings, leading to a 17-1 loss. Snell, a breakout performer this season, still has a solid 3.12 ERA, but Tampa allowed 15 runs through six innings as whole.
Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts is pretty good on defense, too:
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Brewers at Diamondbacks 9:40 p.m. ET — The Brew Crew heads out West to face the reeling Diamondbacks. Arizona won all of their series in April, but have struggled at the turn of the calendar. Paul Goldschmidt needs to get going, but the Diamondbacks should bee helped by the expected return of third baseman Jake Lamb. Milwaukee boasts one of the most explosive lineups in MLB, but may need more rotation help this summer.