Judge homers twice in Yankees win over the Giants

San Francisco – It was a true homecoming for Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge who grew up a Giants fan with fond memories at Oracle Park. But tonight, he single-handily dominated San Francisco in their 6-1 loss to New York.

Judge who is the first MLB player to reach the 20th homer plateau with his first multi-homer game of the season, extended his on-base streak to 27 games. He hit a three-run homer in the third and recorded a solo blast in the sixth.

After winning the series against the best team in the league, the Giants were jolted back to reality. They failed to match the runs against the Bronx Bombers who held them to two runs and struggled on defense making costly errors.  

Bob Melvin

The Yankees rallied two double plays and scored two runs off mistakes made by San Francisco. Judge homered to lead off the sixth, Gleyber Torres singled and Anthony Rizzo doubled moving Torres to third. A passed ball by Patrick Bailey brought in Torres, a fielding error by pitcher Taylor Rodgers scored in Rizzo to make it 6-1 game. 

Jordan Hicks gave his best but lasted five frames allowing a career-high of four earned runs, eight hits, and two home runs. His biggest challenge was Judge who he praised for taking him deep twice. Hicks acknowledged his struggles and wished he could take back a few pitches from Judge.

Jordan Hicks

Prior to today’s game the Giants celebrated African American Heritage Day. The team donned colorful Willie Mays T-shirts during batting practice, and the first 20,000 fans received a Willie Mays Birmingham Black Barons Bobblehead, presented by California Community Colleges. 

The Giants also hosted an Art Series to showcase local youth art depicting the impact of Black culture on Major League Baseball and the community in the past, present and future. Bob Kendrick, the President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and Dr. Condoleezza Rice, Director of Hoover Institute and former Secretary of State led a panel discussion on the presence of African Americans representation in sports and the communities.

Stephen Curry made a surprise appearance in joining civil right activist Dr. Clarence Jones former Speechwriter and counsel to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and recipient of the nation’s highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom given by President Joe Biden just last month. Both Jones and Curry threw out the first pitch.

Curry later joined his teammates in a private sweet to enjoy the game. 

Dr. Clarence B. Jones and Stephen Curry
Stehpen Curry and Dr. Clarence Jones

Ayo Brame a 17-year-old tenor Saxophonist from Oakland, CA who attends School for the Arts and is making noise with his special talent as a jazz musician. Brame has performed at Oakland’s most famous Jazz/Comedy Club Yoshi’s as well as many other jazz venues across the US. 

Brame holds a special place for baseball, his great-grandfather was a one-armed San Francisco Sea Lions Outfielder Jesse Alexander of the Negro Leagues. So, it only seemed right to have him perform the national anthem in honor of African American Heritage Day.

Brame’s parents (Shimika and Abayomi Brame) speak passionately about their son. 

“He has many options for a career path,” said his mother, Shimika. “We want the best for him for any path he chooses. While music is his passion, we support him fully on becoming the best at his craft.”

Brame performed in front of a sold-out crowd and will continue his journey in music on an upcoming European tour this summer.

Shimika, Ayo and Abayomi Brame
Ayo Brame

Malaika Bobino

Malaika Bobino, an Oakland, California native, is a Bay Area sports journalism powerhouse and influencer. With nearly two decades of experience at both the Oakland Post and the Huffington Post, she is always on the front lines of the iconic Bay Area sports scene. Bobino covered the Oakland A’s postseason trips, all three of the San Francisco Giants World Series, was present for all three Golden State Warriors three NBA Championships and covered the 49ers last two Super Bowl appearances

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