Aaron Judge joined an elite club in New York on Tuesday, hitting his 60th long ball of the season in the Yankees’ 9-8 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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The winger has thus become only the sixth player in major league history to achieve such a feat. The judge dismissed Wil Crowe’s out-of-bounds offer in the ninth inning.
Although Judge is the sixth athlete in history to hit 60 homers in a single season, it is still the ninth time the feat has been accomplished, as Sammy Sosa has done it three times, while Mark McGwire has done it twice.
The judge will now look to join Roger Maris, who had managed 61 in 1961. He is the one who holds the record in the Americans.
The judge’s strike started a comeback for the favorites of the public. Down 8-4 early in the ninth inning, the outfielder first allowed the Bronx Bombers to reduce the Pirates lead to three points. Then, a few minutes later, Giancarlo Stanton scored a grand slam that ended hostilities.
Crowe (5-10) was also part of this offensive thrust, he who inherited the defeat.
Harrison Bader also played a good match for the winners, hitting two singles and leading in three runs.
On the mount, starter Nestor Cortes did well enough, giving up a small streak of five shots and two free passes in five innings of work, but was not involved in the decision. Rather, it was the relief of Aroldis Chapman (3-3) who saw the win added to his record.