Yankees takeaways from Friday's 7-1 win over Diamondbacks, including Aaron Judge's three homers

Sep 22, 2023; Bronx, New York, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrates his three run home run during the third inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Yankee Stadium.

Aaron Judge's three home runs was more than enough as the Yankees beat the Arizona Diamondbacks, 7-1, on Friday night in the Bronx.

Here are the takeaways...

-Aaron Judge came into Friday’s game hitting 10 for his last 48 but broke out in the opening game of this series. He doubled in his first at-bat, and was stranded at third, but then put the offense on his back when he launched a three-run shot in the third to give the Yanks a 3-0 lead. He would hit another bomb, this time a two-run variety, in the fifth inning to extend the team’s lead to 6-0.

Judge would go yard a third time in the seventh inning over the right-field wall to give the Yanks a 7-0 lead. Friday was Judge's second three-homer game of the season and he's now the first Yankee all-time to accomplish that feat.

Judge hit his 33rd, 34th and 35th homers of his season in just his 100th game. He’s now tied for third in the American League in homers, trailing the following players with the number of games they played in parenthesis:

1. Shohei Ohtani, 44 (135)

2. Luis Robert, 37 (143)

3. Adolis Garcia, 35 (138)

3. Aaron Judge, 35 (100)

5. Rafael Devers, 33 (146)

-The non-Judge run came off the bat of Estevan Florial who hit a run-scoring double in the fifth to give the Yanks a 4-0 lead at the time. Florial would finish 2-for-4 with two doubles and RBI and a run.

Oswald Peraza made his presence known in this game especially on defense. Starting at third, Peraza snagged two hard-hit balls to his right to steal extra-base hits and made a bare-handed throw to first base on a slow grounder that ended an Arizona threat. He also went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored.

-Luke Weaver was on the mound Friday, making his second start for the Yanks. In his first start, Sept. 16 against the Pirates, Weaver gave up three runs in four innings while striking out seven batters.

Friday, Weaver was much better, pitching 5.1 innings on 78 pitches while giving up four hits, no walks and three strikeouts. Jhony Brito came in to relieve Weaver with men on first and second and got the final outs of the sixth without giving up a run.

The only blemish came in the ninth inning when Brito gave up a one-out bomb to Christian Walker in the ninth to give Arizona their first run of the night. Brito went 3.2 innings to close out the game giving up one hit -- that lone homer -- while striking out three batters.


What’s Next

The Yankees continue their three-game series with the Diamondback on Saturday afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m.

The Yankees will send Carlos Rodon (3-6, 5.90 ERA) to the mound and he will be opposed by RHP Zach Davies (2-5, 6.81 ERA).