A confrontation between American League MVPs. Aaron Judge (31, New York Yankees) counterattacked Shohei Ohtani (29, LA Angels).
Judge and Ohtani started as the second hitter center fielder and the second designated hitter respectively in the second game between the ‘2023 Major League’ teams held at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York, USA on the 20th (Korean time).
Last game (19th) Judge and Ohtani had their first match of the season. Ohtani played an active role with 1 hit in 3 at-bats (1 home run), 2 RBIs and 2 runs, including a home run, and laid the foundation for the team’s 5-2 victory.
Ohtani took care not only of his team victory but also of his individual performance. In the second round, the opposite result was obtained. Judge played a big role in front of Ohtani.
Judge showed off his presence from the first defense. After one shot in the top of the first inning, he jumped up to Ohtani’s home run and blocked it with his glove, then caught the ball with his bare hands and raised the count for an out.
A good hit came after a good defense. In the bottom of the first inning, he hit a two-run homer off starter Griffin Canning at first base, giving the team a 2-0 lead. Judge blocked Ohtani’s home run in the first inning, and drew attention by directing a famous scene where he hit a home run. 안전놀이터
Judge shone once more with his defense. At the beginning of the 8th inning, when the game was tight 2-2, he threw himself into Brandon Drury’s batted ball from 2nd out and 1st base, and prevented an additional run.
The Yankees defeated the Angels 3-2 with a walk-off victory in the bottom of the 10th inning thanks to Judge’s Hobby and home run. He completely avenged his loss in the last game and recorded a season record of 11 wins and 7 losses.