NEW YORK (AP) — aaron judge he sent a sinker soaring into the left-field bleachers, another one of his undoubted home runs, and circled the bases for the sixtieth time.
Unassuming throughout a march into history that now has him level with Babe Ruth, Judge then took a moment far rarer than one of his long shots: a curtain call.
“I really didn’t want to do it, especially, we’re losing, it’s a solo shot,” he said, recalling how his leadoff home run in the ninth inning only cut the Yankees’ deficit to three runs.
Eleven minutes later, Judge and the Yankees felt free to cut loose.
Giancarlo Stanton he followed Judge’s drive with a game-ending grand slam, capping off New York’s impressive five-run ninth-inning rally to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-8 on Tuesday night.
“I kind of freaked out,” Judge said, one home run shy of tying Roger Maris’ American League record for the season. Giancarlo Stanton 10 foot (high) laser to the gardens. He had a good front row seat for that. I think the whole team lost their minds and the stadium blew up.”
Judge homered on a 3-1 pitch from Will Crowe (5–10) to match Ruth’s 1927 total, which stood as the major league record until broken by Maris 34 years later.
Judge reached 60 in Game 147, with no debate over the length of the season, as it surrounded chasing Maris to the point that his hair fell out. Judge is on his way to the first AL Triple Crown in a decade, leading in home runs, RBI (128) and batting average (.316).
No one else in the majors has more than 40 home runs.
“To be that far up the field,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone marveled, “it’s hard for me to hold on.”
Judge dropped his bat near home plate (he never flips it over) and when he finished his jog after his 430-foot run, he high-fived antonio rizzoa hug with Gleyber Torres and slap with joseph donaldson. Judge walked up and down the dugout to receive congratulations and then came off the dugout steps and very briefly tipped his helmet to the fans.
“As I was joking with matt carpenter earlier in the year, I think he had two home runs in a game or something like that and he got a finishing touch,” Judge said. “Man, I’ve been here six years and I only have one final touch. So I guess you need to get to 60 to get another one.”
Rizzo doubled, Torres walked and Donaldson singled to load the bases. Stanton, mired in a 9-for-72 slump, sent a half-dozen row shift to the left-field seats, capping a long-repeating 19-pitch sequence and prompting a raucous celebration among what remained of the field. crowd of 40,157. MLB calculated the drive, Stanton’s record-tying third game-ending hit, to be 118 mph.
“I think they need to recalculate 118. That felt more like 130,” Boone said.
Roger Maris Jr. and Kevin Maris, sons of the former player, were present. Stanton noted Judge’s understated manner.
“He hit 60 tonight, and it’s like nothing happened. She has more work to do,” said Stanton, who hit 59 for Miami five years ago.
Crowe’s great-great-grandfather, Hall of Famer Red Ruffing, was Ruth’s teammate on the Yankees in the 1930s. Crowe visited Ruffing’s plaque in Yankee Stadium’s Monument Park before the game.
“He did what he was supposed to do with him,” Crowe said of Judge, “3-1 count, I’m not putting him down. I felt like I wanted to go after him. He started away, came back. He put a good swing on a bad pitch.”
Aroldis Chapman (3-3) pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning as the Yankees held a 5 1/2-game lead in the AL East over Toronto.
Bryan Reynolds he had tied it 4-4 with a solo home run in the seventh off Lou Trivino, then hit a go-ahead single off Jonathan Loáisiga in the eighth for his fourth hit.
Rodolfo Castro, the player suspended for a Major League Baseball game last month after a smartphone flew out of his pocket during a headslide, followed up with a three-run homer against clay holmes.
harrison bader he had a pair of go-ahead singles and drove in three runs in his Yankees debut.
Once Judge reaches No. 61, the only ones with more in a season will have been Barry Bonds (73), Mark McGwire (70, 65) and Sammy Sosa (66, 64, 63), achievements all from 1998-2001 tarnished. for the era of steroids.
The judge’s achievement is spotless.
“I think it puts him a notch above,” Boone said. “I have to believe he’s right up there with some of the best season shortlists of all time.”
Donaldson hit a game-ending slam and beat Tampa Bay 8-7 in 10 innings on August 17. The Yankees joined the 1956 Pittsburgh Pirates (Danny Kravitz and Roberto Clemente) as the only teams to hit multiple slams while trailing. three races. Clemente’s was inside the park.
Pittsburgh has committed two errors and leads the Major Leagues with 108.
Former Yankees 3B Charlie Hayes, who caught the last out of the 1996 World Series, threw a ceremonial first pitch to his son, Pirates 3B. Ke’Bryan Hayes.
Pittsburgh promoted six players to Triple-A Indianapolis following the season finale in Double-A Altoona: RHP Quinn Priester and Colin Selby, 2B-C-OF Endy Rodriguez, INF Aaron Shackelford, 3B Malcom Nunez and OF Matt Gorski. “Now we have another 10 days of at-bats that we can get,” manager Derek Shelton said. “Missing 2020 was so vital for organizations like ours. The more reps we can get, the better it is.”
Yankees: RHP frankie you ride received a second cortisone injection in his diseased right shoulder and entered the 15-day IL, retroactive to Saturday. …LHP british zack (Tommy John surgery) pitched a one-hit inning for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in his eighth outing from rehab. rhp miguel castro (sprained shoulder) pitched a hitless inning for the RailRiders.
UNTIL NEXT TIME
RHP of New York louis severino (5-3, 3.45 ERA) starts Wednesday after recovering from a wing strain that has sidelined him since July 13. RHP Roansy Contreras (5-4, 3.24) pitches for the Pirates.
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