Aaron Judge (finally) makes history

Aaron Judge is (finally) writing history


He may have had major league baseball languishing for a few games, but Aaron Judge finally tied the American's record by hitting his 61st longball of the season on Sunday in an 8-0 win. 3 of the New York Yankees in Toronto.

After running out of seven games without a home run, Judge finally joined Roger Maris and his record dating back to 1961.

< p>In the seventh round, the 30-year-old colossus propelled out of bounds an offering from Tim Mayza (8-1), who had just entered the match. The latter had allowed a single to Aaron Hicks moments before, which allowed Judge to add two runs to the board.

The all-time record in major league baseball is held by Barry Bonds. He had stretched his arms 73 times in 2001. In the National, five other hitters have already hit more than 61 homers in one season.

Roger Maris Jr. and Patty Judge – the Yankees star's mother – were at the forefront of this historic moment. Gathered in the stands, they embraced with emotion.

There will be no saga regarding the person who caught the long ball, since it landed near the Blue Jays bullpen after a bounce off the close.

A three-part game

Judge's prowess notwithstanding, Wednesday's game was particularly important for the hosts. With a win, they could secure a place in the playoffs as a draft team.

The Bronx Bombers decided otherwise, however, as they sprang in the first and seventh innings.

For this crucial game, manager John Schneider decided to trust Mitch White as the starting pitcher. He quickly regretted the decision, as the Californian gave up five hits, three earned runs and as many free passes in less than four innings.

Josh Donaldson and Oswald Peraza got the ball rolling in the first inning for the White's expense, with a mere productive each. Marwin Gonzalez then gave the Yankees a three-point lead by hitting a sacrifice fly.

The Jays had not said their last word, however. Muzzled by Gerrit Cole (13-7) after five innings, the Toronto offense got going thanks to Danny Jansen's long solo ball. Bo Bichette and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. then tied the game with a single and a sacrifice fly, respectively.

The Yankees, however, regained the lead with Judge's homer, then Harrison Bader nailed the Toronto coffin thanks to to a single and an optional.

The Blue Jays will host the Boston Red Sox for a three-game series starting Friday.