Aaron Judge hit the long ball in a fourth straight game and set a New York Yankees all-time high for a right-handed hitter with his 55th homer of the season in a 5-4 win over the Minnesota Twins , Wednesday.
Louie Varland, a 24-year-old right-handed pitcher in his first major league outing, had given up just one hit until Judge slammed an arrow that ended its trajectory 374 feet away. , in the left field bleachers, in the fourth inning.
In doing so, Judge erased the Yankees mark of 54 home runs by a right-handed hitter, set by Alex Rodriguez in 2007.
Roger Maris still holds the Yankees record for most homers in a season, with 61 in 1961, one more than Babe Ruth in 1927.
Meanwhile, Judge is just one game away from his personal best for most consecutive games with at least one homer, which he set between July 29 and August 2. He leads the major leagues in home runs and RBIs, with 118.
Judge has homered six in his last eight games, and seven in his last 11.
Judge’s home run on Wednesday was also his 114th at the new Yankee Stadium, which opened in 2009. The previous mark of 113 belonged to Mark Teixeira.
Only two players have totaled more homers than Judge after a team’s first 136 games. They are Sammy Sosa (58) in 1999 with the Chicago Cubs, and Barry Bonds (57) with the San Francisco Giants in 2001.
Elsewhere in the American:
Braves 7 – Athletics 3
ATL: Braves win seventh co-secutive game
OAK: Reliever Kirby Snead was unable to retire a Braves batter, allowing three runs and three hits
Tigers 5 – Angels 4
DET: Shohei Ohtani hit his 33rd longball of the year in the loss.
LAA: Rookie Ryan Kreidler hit his first major league home run in the ninth inning to give the Tigers a lead.
White Sox 9 – Mariners 6
CWS: Chicago scored three in the top of the ninth inning to slip away with the win
SEA: Luis Castillo started the game by striking out the first seven White Sox batters.
Twins-Yankees (Game 2)
Blue Jays – Orioles