In front of a crowd chanting “MVP” at Yankees Stadium, Aaron Judge scored his 54th home run of the season and the Yankees won 5-2 on Monday afternoon against the Minnesota Twins.
It is the third consecutive game with a homer for the Yankees winger and the fifth in the last seven outings.
The judge’s long ball in the 6th inning allowed him to equal Alex Rodriguez’s record for most home runs in a single season by a right hitter for the Yankees.
The judge now has 54 home runs in 131 games. At that rate, he would have scored 65 homers, four more than Roger Marris, who in 1961 scored the American score of 61 home runs. It was the 135th game of the Yankees. Maris had scored his 54th homer of the 1961 season in his team’s 139th game.
And 54 circuits for the judge!
The judge also scored a double in that match. Number 99 scored five of the Yankees’ last eight points. Marwin Gonzalez also scored the winners, ending his hibernation of 29 appearances at the pot. Isiah Kiner-Falefa also hit a long ball for the Yankees.
The Twins’ response came from Gary Sanchez’s 14th four-goal shot, good for two points.
The victory fell to Greg Weissert (2-0), who threw an inning and a third in relief. Clay Holmes picked up his 19th save of the season.
—Alex Rodriguez (@AROD) September 5, 2022
Andrew Benintendi will be operated on; his season was not going to be compromised
Yankees winger Andrew Benintendi will be operated on for a fractured right wrist, but Eastern American point guards are hoping his season isn’t over.
The operation is expected to take place on Tuesday.
Benintendi fractured his hooked carpal bone while swinging against the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday. His name was placed on the casualty list for 10 days the next day.
A key player with the Kansas City Royals this season, the 28-year-old was traded to the Yankees in late July. After a slow start, he had recently started producing more.
Overall this season, he averaged .304 / .373 / .399 with 51 RBI, but only .254 / .331 / .404 with 12 RBI in 33 games in New York.
Elsewhere in MLB:
Red Sox 3 – Rays 4
BOS: Starter Michael Wacha conceded two earned runs and knocked out seven batters in six innings of work.
VG: The Rays have scored a sixth win in their last seven meetings.
Rangers 0 – Astros 1:
TEX: Rangers have lost their last nine games.
HOO: Hunter Brown gave up just three wins in six innings in his early career start.
Brewers 6 – Rocky Mountains 4:
MIL: Victor Caratini scored a three-point homer and coach Craig Counsell took a 600th win with the Brewers.
NECK: CJ Cron marked his 26th homer of the season.
National 6 – Cardinals 0:
WAS: Keibert Ruiz scored his seventh homer of the season.
STL: Reliever Andre Pallante forfeited four points earned in the third inning for the Cards, which only scored three hits.
Diamondbacks 5 – Padres 0:
ARI: Ryne Nelson is giving up 4 shots in 7 innings in his early career start. He also eliminated 17 in a row.
SD: Blake Snell (6-8) had ten strikeouts in six innings.
New York Mets – Pittsburgh (postponed match)