Judge tied AL home-run record in 8-3 win over Jaiso
TORONTO – Aaron Judge took his historic 61st home run, a two-run line drive into left field, in the seventh inning of an 8-3 New York Yankees win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday.
Judge matched Roger Maris’ 61-year-old American League single-season record with Toronto reliever Tim Myza (8-1) to break a 3-3 tie for home runs on a 3-2 pitch, with Aaron Hicks also scoring. Were were Play Play.
As the judge rounded second base, he pointed to Roger Maris Jr., his mother Patty, father Wayne and wife Samantha, seated in the first row behind the Yankees dugout. Hicks hugged his teammate after touching the judge’s home plate.
His home run ball flew over the Blue Jays bullpen, facing the first deck and tied to Toronto bullpen coach Matt Bushman.
The Yankees (96-59) snatched a three-game rubber match in which they won the AL East over the Blue Jays (87-69) on Tuesday.
Toronto moved closer to a wild-card berth after the Baltimore Orioles lost 3-1 to the Red Sox in Boston. A Blue Jays win, or a loss to the Orioles earns a playoff spot for Toronto.
Judge had played seven games without a long ball since his 60th homer on September 20. He ran 37,008 in the first inning at Rogers Center, flew from the right in the second and finished third in his last at-bat in the fourth.
1 in 3 Canadians believe Trudeau should remain in power as Tories lead: Poll
School board aware of potential protest over Oakville teacher’s dress as dress code under review
He came to the plate again in the eighth, grounding in a force with a hard smash to short.
Yankees pitcher Gerrit Cole (13-7) was determined to steal the spotlight. He had a perfect game through five innings in which only two balls came off the field. But he started with a leadoff homer from Danny Jensen in the sixth inning.
Whit Merrifield chased a single to center, then moved to second after a run from Jackie Bradley Jr. Merrifield moved to third on George Springer’s sacrificial fly and scored on Bo Bischett’s infield hit.
Bradley and Bichette went up a base when Cole was bald, and Bradley scored on a sacrificial fly from Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
Cole went in 6 1/3 innings, scoring three runs with runs on three hits and four strikes.
Blue Jays starter Mitch White lasted only 3 2/3 innings. He conceded three runs on five hits with three runs and a strike and has yet to win any of his eight appearances for Toronto.
The Yankees started with three runs in the first innings, benefiting from a pair of consecutive runs off hitter Judge and Osvaldo Cabrera.
Former Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson knocked into the judge with a single to center field.
Oswald Peraza singles home Cabrera and Donaldson scores a sacrificial fly to the right from Marvin Gonzalez.
Lourdes Gurrill Jr (hamstring) and Santiago Espinal (oblique) still need time before returning to the Blue Jays lineup.
Guriel, who is out on September 7, hopes to test his leg with some ground on Friday. Espinal, who has missed seven games, worked on his stroke with a T-shirt on Wednesday.
The Blue Jays kicked off their final three-game set at home with the Boston Red Sox in City on Thursday ahead of the start for the weekend series.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on September 28, 2022.
© 2022 Canadian Press