Aaron Judge hits 58th and 59th home runs, moving him two away from history

MILWAUKEE — Aaron Judge is just two away. The Yankees slugger hit his 58th and 59th home runs of the season Sunday at American Family Field and is just two homers away from Roger Maris’ American League record of 61 set in 1961.

In the seventh, Judge crushed a 1-2 slider off right-hander Luis Perdomo to left field. The 414-foot shot pulled the 29-year-old within one of Babe Ruth for second on the Yankees all-time list of single season home runs.

Judge had been held without a home run for three straight games. He had flown out in the first inning. In the third, he went down and got a 92-mile an hour sinker from Brewers right-hander Jason Alexander and shot it into the second deck of right field. The home run was an estimated 414 feet, according to StatCast.

He is the first Yankee and just the third major league player to hit at least 59 home runs through his club’s first 146 team games, joining Barry Bonds had 63  in 2001, Mark McGwire with 62 in 1998 and Sammy Sosa with 59 in 1999.

The 59 homers are the second-most in Yankee history behind Maris’ 61 in 1961 and Babe Ruth’s 60 in 1927, tied with Ruth’s 59 in 1921. He is just the 11th big leaguer to hit at least 59 in a season and just the second player to do it in the last 20 years, joining Giancarlo Stanton, 59 in 2017 with the Marlins.

Judge leads the majors with 59 homers, no other hitter has hit 40 yet this season. He also leads the majors in runs scored (120) and  RBI (124). Judge, who declined an extension at the beginning of this season and will be a free agent after this year’s World Series, is making a push for a Triple Crown. …read more

Source:: The Denver Post

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