"Where I was sitting, you never think it's possible that somebody could hit the ball up there".
Aaron Judge continues to amaze.
The actual distance of the home run was hard to determine. Sabathia is 13-6 with a 2.64 ERA and 1.16 WHIP in 26 career starts against the Mariners and has shut down Kyle Seager (2-for-19, eight strikeouts). Comparing it to other long home runs at the stadium, the Mariners estimated the homer at 440 feet.
"We were wondering if it was going to get out of the stadium", Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. The ball ricocheted to second baseman Starlin Castro, who threw back to Headley for what could have been an inning-ending out.
Photo Matt Holliday, left, congratulating Judge after his homer on Friday. The ball Judge hit nearly flew all the way out of Safeco Field, and the Yankees were pretty proud that even the Major League Baseball couldn't figure out how far it went. Players in the bullpen were craning their necks to try to get a look at where the ball landed.
"That was awesome. I hadn't seen it done in person", Frazier said.
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When it was suggested that Judge had not been impressed, he smiled.
Former Yankee Robinson Cano went 3-for-5 to emerge from a 1-for-18 funk but made a costly throwing error in the ninth inning that gave NY two unearned runs. David Robertson struck out the side in an impressive inning, his first appearance since being reacquired from the White Sox in a trade.
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The fly ball by Judge might have been a portent that he was beginning to thaw. But St. Louis sent 14 batters to the plate in its highest-scoring inning of the season, taking advantage of a combined six walks by three relievers while improving to 4-4 since the All-Star break.
It was his first homer since July 7 - and 31st overall.