NEW YORK — Aaron Judge hit two of the Yankees’ six solo home runs ahead of rookie Matt Swarmer, and New York beat the Chicago Cubs 8-0 on Saturday night for their 10th win in 11 games.
Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Jose Trevino and former Cub Anthony Rizzo also went deep against the 28-year-old right-hander as the Yankees hit their most home runs since Sept. 17, 2020 against Toronto. Swarmer became the first Cubs pitcher in 138 years to allow six homers.
Judge hit leadoff for the fourth time that year and hit his second career leadoff homer by sending a 1-0 fastball from Swarmer (1-1) to left field courts. Richter added his major league-leading 24th finish, one of three home runs in the fifth.
“It’s fun, I don’t mind running away,” Judge said. “It doesn’t matter if I take the lead or score second.”
Judge had his 21st multihomer game and leads the majors with five this season. He joined Babe Ruth (1928) as the second Yankee to win five multihomer games in the Yankees’ first 59 games. He joined Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle as the third Yankee to hit at least 24 home runs in the first 59 games
Stanton hit a 436-foot drive off second-deck fairing in left field in fourth for his 360th homer — one just ahead of Joe DiMaggio. Stanton’s 119.8-mph drive was the hardest-hit major league home run this season. Of 42 homers that hit 119 mph or more since Statcast began tracking in 2015, Stanton has 31.
“It’s quite a sight,” Judge said of Stanton. “You try to soak it all up in the moment because when he meets someone like that, it’s not every day you see that.”
Stanton’s ride has been hardest hit in the majors since he had a 120.3 mph single on Sept. 16 in Baltimore.
“You hit the ball on the barrel, I feel like when someone puts the balls in the right position, it’s a cool little euphoric feeling,” Stanton said.
New York leads the majors with 94 homers and is 23-1 when Judge and Stanton both home, including 7-0 this year. The Yankees are a major league best 43-16.
Jordan Montgomery (2-1) allowed five hits in seven innings, struck out five, walked none and had 12 outs via grounders.
“It was going to be a fight if we didn’t get a lot of length from him,” Boone said. “It was exactly what the doctor ordered.
Ron Marinaccio and Lucas Luetge each had an unsuccessful inning, and the Yankees tied the Mets for the Big League lead with their ninth shutout — the Yankees’ most successful at this point in the season since 1967.
Chicago lost its fifth straight game, its longest slip this season. Going 23-35, it lost its worst 12 games of the season under .500. Schwarmer allowed six carries and seven hits in five innings in his third career start, his ERA rising from 1.50 to 4.24.
“The Yankees have some big hitters, some big, strong guys,” said Cubs manager David Ross. “They have the potential to hit some numbers in one fell swoop.”
The six home runs allowed were the most by a Cubs pitcher since Tom Lee on June 28, 1884. Schwarmer was the second big league pitcher to hit the New York Giants after Hollis “Sloppy” Thurston of the Brooklyn Dodgers on June 28. Abandoned six solo homers August 13th, 1932.
“I sometimes got behind batsmen and let the ball lie in the zone,” Swarmer said.
The Cubs have been unsuccessful in 40 at-bats with runners in goal position since Patrick Wisdom’s RBI double in the eighth inning on Sunday against St. Louis.
Torres followed Stanton’s drive by home ring for the second straight night and, with 12 this season, equaled his 2020 total and 21 combined. Seven of his homers were in right field.
Trevino increased his three-hit average to a .309 and tied his career to five homers in 102 plate appearances, a total he reached in 302 with Texas last year.
After Stanton and Torres went back to back, Trevino hit a drive from the left field foul pole in the sixth. The judge landed in the center-left field seats two batters later. Rizzo made it 6-0 as he aimed for right field seats and flipped his racquet before finishing his trot around the bases.
Isiah Kiner-Falefa had an RBI single and Judge added a sacrificial fly in the sixth.
Morel went 0 for 4 and saw his on-base streak to start his 22-game retirement. It was the longest by a Cubs rookie and the longest by a freshman since Minnesota manager Rocco Baldelli opened his career by hitting straight 24 for Tampa Bay in 2003.
Juveniles: Placed LHP Wade Miley on the 15-day IL with a left shoulder strain. Miley was activated Friday but lasted three innings before being eliminated. Seiya Suzuki stayed on the IL with a sprained left ring finger. He took batting exercises and could be activated on Sunday. … 2B Nick Madrigal (groin strain) was kept out of the starting line-up. … RHP Michael Rucker was recalled from Triple-A Iowa to replace Miley.
Yankees: LHP Aroldis Chapman (left Achilles tendonitis) threw a bullpen session that Boone said went well.
RHP Keegan Thompson (6-1, 3.17 ERA), suffering his first loss of the year, starts Sunday night for the Cubs against Yankees RHP Jameson Taillon (6-1, 2.73).