Aaron Judge wreaked havoc on a billboard by hitting a home run, and he left early in the game the New York Yankees beat the Atlanta Braves 9-6 on Tuesday night.
Jordan Montgomery worked effectively against a lineup that Venezuela’s Ronald Acuña Jr. lacked.
Atlanta announced that it would dispense with the Venezuelan about 90 minutes before kickoff due to a sore left wrist. Acuña, the 2018 National League Rookie of the Year, hit three home runs on Sunday during a doubleheader against Philadelphia, but was removed from Monday’s game, when it was already defined.
It is unknown when the injury occurred.
With his homer, Judge slammed the ball into a billboard above the local bullpen between right and center field. The ball left the mark on the ad, opening the fifth episode.
Judge started the night tied with San Diego’s Fernando Tatis Jr. as the best home runner in the majors, with eight four-corner sticks.
In the sixth inning, Mike Tauchman came in to bat in place of Judge, who did not appear to be injured but left for the clubhouse and did not return.
The victory went to Montgomery (2-1) and the defeat to Touki Toussaint (0-1).
For the Braves, Marcell Ozuna 5-2 with one run scored and three RBIs. Panamanian Johan Camargo 4-1 with a run scored and a RBI. Venezuelan Ender Inciarte 3-0.
For the Yankees, Venezuelan Gleyber Torres 2-0 with a run scored. Colombian Gio Urshela 4-0. The Dominican Gary Sánchez 4-0.
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