New York (AFP) – Aaron Judge made his 60th home career and was followed by Giancarlo Stanton with major titles at the end of the bout, completing a stunning five-run Rally New York Yankees to defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-8 on Tuesday night.
Judge moved within one of Roger Maris’ MLS records when he turned a right-handed weightlifter Will Crowe (5-10) into the inning and drove her 430 feet into the left field stands, taking New York to 8.5.
The judge received a rare curtain call, forced by his teammates.
He said, “I really don’t want to do that.”
The judge of the 60 home games beat Babe Ruth for the Yankees in 1927 to set a major league record that lasted 34 years. He came out of a bowler whose great uncle, Hall of Famer Red Ruffing, was Ruth’s Yankees teammate in the 1930s.
“He did what he was supposed to do with her,” Crowe said, “Count 3-1, I’m not going to wear it. I felt like I wanted to chase after him. He started away, came back in. Made a good swing on bad ground.”
Anthony Rizzo doubled down, Jabber Torres walked in and Josh Donaldson loaded up the bases. Stanton, mired in a 9-for-72 stasis, sent a half-dozen change of rows into the left-court seats to start a raucous celebration among the remaining 40,157 crowd at Yankee Stadium.
Stanton’s low-end engine was measured at 118 mph.
“I kind of lost my mind,” the judge said. “This is a 10-foot-tall Giancarlo Stanton laser tag.”
Roger Maris Jr. and Kevin Maris, the sons of the former player, were on hand. Specially marked balls were used each time the judge walked to the board. The fans stood in the stadium seats, many groaning with each foul ball.
Aroldis Chapman (3-3) made 1-2-3 ninth.
Brian Reynolds tied 4-4 with the seventh game at home from Lou Trevino and got the green light from Jonathan Loisiga in the eighth to achieve his fourth goal.
Rodolfo Castro—the player who was suspended for a game by Major League Baseball last month after a cell phone slipped out of his pocket as his head slipped—was followed by a triple whammy against Clay Holmes.
Holmes, the downed second-half All-Star, was attacking his former team for the first time.
Harrison Bader had a pair of singles and drove in three runs on his debut with the Yankees. First base captain Anthony Rizzo made a major mistake that led to the eighth of four runs for the already eliminated Buccaneers.
Reynolds also had a three-base error when a fly lands in the center, one of two fouls by a team that tops the major leagues with a score of 108.
Nestor Cortes blocked his leg twice in a double hesitation to net Reynolds in the third game but gave up one for midfield.
Charlie Hayes, former Yankees 3B team finalist of the 1996 World Championships, delivered the first celebratory show to his Pirates 3B son Ke’Bryan Hayes.
Pittsburgh has promoted six players to Triple-A Indianapolis after the end of the season in Double-A Altoona: RHPs Quinn Priester and Colin Selby, 2B-C-OF Endy Rodriguez, INF Aaron Shackelford, 3B Malcom Nunez, of Matt Gorski. “Now we have 10 more days of hits, we can get it,” said manager Derek Shelton. “The loss of 2020 has been very vital for organizations like ours. The more representatives we can get, the better.”
Yankees: RHP Frankie Montas received a second injection of cortisone in his diseased right shoulder and went on IL treatment for 15 days, retrospectively through Saturday. …LHP Zack Britton (Tommy John’s Surgery) gave a one-stroke run for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on his eighth rehab ride. RHP Miguel Castro (Tense Shoulder) made an easy run for the Sky Riders.
New York RHB Luis Severino (5-3, 3.45) starts Wednesday after recovering from a height strain that has kept him out of action since July 13.