NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Judge hit his 60th home run and Giancarlo Stanton followed with a game-ending grand slam, capping off the New York Yankees’ impressive five-run ninth-inning rally to win Tuesday. -8 to the Pittsburgh Pirates. night.
Judge came within one of Roger Maris’ American League record when he hit a sinker off right-hander Wil Crowe (5-10) early in the inning and propelled him 430 feet into the left-field bleachers, leading New York within 8 – 5.
Judge took a rare curtain call, forced by his teammates.
“I really didn’t want to do it,” he said.
Judge matched Babe Ruth’s 60 home runs for the 1927 Yankees to set a major league record that stood for 34 years. He came from a pitcher whose great-uncle, Hall of Famer Red Ruffing, was Ruth’s teammate on the Yankees in the 1930s.
“He did what he was supposed to do with it,” Crowe said, “3-1 count, I’m not putting it down. I felt like I wanted to go after him. He started away, came back. He put a good swing on a bad pitch.”
Anthony Rizzo doubled, Gleyber Torres walked and Josh Donaldson singled to load the bases. Stanton, mired in a 72-9 slump, sent a half-dozen row shift to the left-field seats to start a raucous celebration among the 40,157 spectators remaining in Yankee Stadium.
Stanton’s low boost was measured at 118 mph.
“I lost my mind,” Judge said. “That’s a 10-foot laser from the Giancarlo Stanton firm.”
Roger Maris Jr. and Kevin Maris, sons of the former player, were present. Specially marked balls were used every time Judge walked home. Fans in the outfield seats jumped to their feet, many groaning at each foul ball.
Aroldis Chapman (3-3) pitched the ninth on a 1-2-3 count.
Bryan Reynolds tied the score 4-4 with a home run in the seventh off Lou Trivino and 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 cell phone flew out of his pocket during a headslide, followed up with a three-run homer off Clay Holmes.
Holmes, an All-Star who slumped in the second half, was pitching against his former team for the first time.
Harrison Bader had a pair of go-ahead singles and drove in three runs in his Yankees debut. First baseman Anthony Rizzo made a key error that led to a four-run eighth inning for the already eliminated Pirates.
Reynolds also made a three-base error on a dropped fly ball to center, one of two errors by a team that leads the major leagues with 108.
Néstor Cortés stopped his leg twice on Reynolds’ fumble double in the third, but allowed a single to center field.
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, 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 Montas received a second cortisone shot in his ailing right shoulder and went on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Saturday. … LHP Zack Britton (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 no-hitter for the RailRiders.
UNTIL NEXT TIME
New York RHP Luis Severino (5-3, 3.45) 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.