Undertaking a thorough house-cleaning in 2016, the Yankees brought up some young players in their farm system and recruited a couple of thoroughbred free agents in the off-season. The moves by the front office must have been on the right track because the Yanks won their eighth straight Monday night, ripping the visiting White Sox, 7-4.
One of those free agents, Matt Holliday - acquired from St. Louis - got things going for the Yanks in the third inning, belting a mammoth (459 feet) three-run homer off Chicago starter Derek Holland, and one of those youths - rookie Aaron Judge - completed the five-run inning by legging out an infield single, scoring Chase Headley from third.
After showing off his legs, Judge showed off his prodigious power, smacking a two-run homer in the fifth to complete the scoring for the home team, driving the ball 405 feet to left center. It was Judge's 4th home run of the season and his three RBI in the game gave him 11 for the year.
The Yankees will be looking for their ninth straight when they host the White Sox Tuesday night in game two of their three-game series at 7:05 pm ET.
30-year-old Eric Thames is a thumper. He has always been a thumper, and will likely always be a thumper.
Thames, who strikes out far too often for most teams to take him seriously as an everyday player, tied a team record Monday by homering in his fifth straight game, a third-inning solo blast that gave the Brewers a 4-3 lead en route to a 6-4 victory over the Cubs.
The shot gave Thames seven homers on the season, which leads the majors. The journeyman also has 12 RBI and a .405 average as he also singled, doubled and scored three times in the win over the Cubs.
Milwaukee's win left the Brewers with an 8-6 record, 1/2 game behind NL Central leader, Cincinnati.
The Brewers and Cubs play game two of their three-game set at Wrigely Field at 8:05 pm ET Tuesday.