Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge created history on Friday. He hit his second home run of the night against Kansas City, scoring a Grand Slam. The Yankees won the game against the Royals by 11-5, thanks to the four-time All-Star. With two home runs last night, Judge became only the second Yankees player after Babe Ruth to score 41 home runs before August. The Pinstripers legendary outfielder achieved the feat back in 1928. Not just that, Aaron became only the eighth player in AL/NL history to reach the milestone.
Judge’s first homer came towards the end of the third innings as he hit a two-run shot, providing the Yankees a 3-0 lead. However, Kansas City recovered magnificently as the Bombers conceded five runs in the fifth innings. The game slipped into the eighth innings, with the Royals leading by 5-3. But, the Yankees recovered quickly to 7-5 in the Bottom 8. Andrew Benintendi scored his first RBI single for the Bombers. Then, Hicks scored an RBI walk, followed by Kiner-Falefa’s RBI single. The Pinstripers kept chipping with Jose Trevino’s RBI groundout. Finally, Aaron Judge closed the match with a Grand Slam as the Yankees finished 11-5 on Friday. With this, the Yankees extended their best AL record to 68-33.
Can Aaron Judge Make It To 60 Homers In 2022?
Aaron Judge scored the highest 52 home runs during his Rookie season with the Yankees in 2017. Last season, the outfielder managed to hit 39 in 148 games. So, this season has been a dream for Judge as he currently leads the majors in home runs, RBI, and runs scored. The 41 homers Judge has scored so far secures him the fourth spot in the highest MLB home runs before August.
Barry Bonds leads the list with 45 home runs in 2001, followed by Mark McGwire’s 45 in 1998. In addition, Sammy Sosa took third place with 42 homers in 1998. Binds ended up with 73 homers while McGwire finished with 70 in their particular years. Moreover, Sosa also crossed the 60 homers mark in 1998. In fact, five of the 11 entries on the list got to 60 home runs, including Babe Ruth in 1927.
Meanwhile, Aaron Judge has set another Yankees record by having nine multiple-HR games in a season. Before Judge, Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, A-Rod, and Gleyber Torres were tied for the franchise record with eight multiple-HR games. Thus, everything seems to be in Aaron Judge’s favor as he makes way to get 60 homers and an MVP award this season. Hopefully, the Yankees would also get the World Series for the first time since 2009.