Sometimes there are normal baseball games and sometimes there are special baseball games. Tuesday night, the yankees played a special game of baseball.
first, aaron judge hit his 60th home run of the season Tuesday night to tie Babe Ruth for second in Yankees and American League history. He became the sixth player of all time to reach 60 home runs in a single season, and the first in the American League and the Yankees since Roger Maris in 1961.
What made the home run even more special was that it was the beginning of a great comeback. The explosion came in the ninth inning with the Yankees trailing 8-4 against the pirates. Leading off the inning facing Pittsburgh reliever Will Crowe, Judge sent a 3-1 fastball into the left-field seats to cut the Pirates’ lead to three.
next Judge, antonio rizzo, Gleyber Torres other joseph donaldson all managed to load the bases for Gian Carlo Stanton, who drilled a grand slam to win the game. Stanton was also the last player to come close to hitting 60 home runs, having hit 59 home runs as a Marlin in 2017.
Judge, who walked the bases in a more subdued fashion after his home run, burst into celebration knowing his 60th meant the start of another Yankees win. He not only made history with the home run, but also raised his batting average to .316 to give him the lead in all three Triple Crown categories in the American League.
Judge is now one home run shy of Maris’s Yankees and the American League record of 61 home runs. New York will play five more games in this stay at home, giving Judge plenty of time to break the record at Yankee Stadium.
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