Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge crushed the hardest-hit home run of the Statcast era during Friday’s 1411 win over the Baltimore Orioles. Judge's home run off of O’s starter Kevin Gausman came off the bat at 119.4 mph, breaking Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton’s record of 119.2 mph (Statcast information was first available in all 30 MLB ballparks in 2015). Baltimore built a 91 lead after touching up New York starter CC Sabathia for seven earned runs and getting a grand slam by Mark Trumbo, but the Yankees rallied in the late innings to tie the game 1111 on a ninth-inning home run by Starlin Castro.
On Sunday, Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes was ejected for throwing at Orioles third baseman Manny Machado‘s head. It was revenge for a slide of Machado’s which ended up injuring Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia. Barnes was suspended four games. Hall of Famer and former Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez said that if he were in Barnes’ shoes, he would have also thrown at Machado, although not necessarily at his head. Via ESPN’s Scott Lauber: If I was pitching, I was going to drill Machado, as much as I love him. The only thing I would’ve done differently is probably bring the ball a little bit lower. Martinez added that Machado “did not intend to hurt Pedroia. And I know that because I know Machado.”
Bryce Harpers 18 for 34 (.529/.636/1.059), six double, four home run, 10 walk road trip through Atlanta, New York and Colorado left the 24-year-old outfielder 33 for 79 in 22 games this season (.418/.535/.823), with eight doubles, eight home runs, 20 walks and 14 Ks in 99 plate appearances. Dusty Baker was asked after the Nationals 16-5 win in the series finale what he made of Harpers red-hot start this month. Its not over yet, Baker said.