He may have lost major league baseball over several games, but Aaron Judge finally tied the American record by hitting the 61st long ball of the season, beating the New York Yankees 8-3 in Toronto on Sunday.
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After seven uncountable matches, Judge finally joined Roger Maris and his record that dates back to 1961.
In the seventh attack, the 30-year-old giant made an offer from newcomer Tim Mayza (8-1) and went out of bounds. The latter had allowed Aaron Hicks once a few minutes ago, which allowed the Judge to add two runs to the board.
Barry Bonds holds the all-time record in baseball. In 2001, he had stretched his arms 73 times. At the national, five other shooters have scored more than 61 home goals in one campaign.
Roger Maris Jr. and Patty Judge, mother of the Yankees star, was in the front row for this historic moment. They gathered in the stands and embraced with emotion.
There will be no legend about who caught the long ball, as the Blue Jays crash near the bullring after bouncing off the fence.
A three stage match
Despite Judge’s dexterity, Wednesday’s match was especially important for the hosts. With a win, they could qualify for the playoffs as an unprepared team.
But Bronx Bombers decided otherwise than those who blasted off from the first and seventh strike.
For this important match, manager John Schneider has decided to rely on Mitch White as the starting pitcher. The Californian quickly regretted his decision, as he conceded five innings, three won runs, and multiple free passes in less than four innings.
Josh Donaldson and Oswald Peraza each rolled the ball with a prolific single at the expense of White on the first hit. Marwin Gonzalez then gave the Yankees a three-point lead by hitting a victim fly.
But the Jays hadn’t said their last words. Silenced by Gerrit Cole (13-7) after five innings, the Toronto offense gained momentum thanks to Danny Jansen’s long solo ball. Bo Bichette and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. then they tied the game with a single and a victim fly, respectively.
But the Yankees regained the lead with the Judge’s home run, and then Harrison Bader nailed the Toronto coffin as a single and optional.
The Blue Jays will host the Boston Red Sox for a three-game streak starting Friday.