MLB – September 22 recap in the American: Josh Donaldson sends the Yankees to the playoffs


NEW YORK — Aaron Judge came close to the feat on Thursday, but he must continue his quest to equal Roger Maris’ record.

Judge came close to hitting a 61st homer, which would have tied Maris’ mark for long pitches in a season, in the American League.

The Yankees slugger sent a ball 404 feet to center field, but Enrique Hernandez of the Red Sox grabbed it at the foot of the fence. The crowd of 43,123 people would have liked to celebrate.

It was in the ninth inning, his fifth at bat of the night. The other four resulted in three walks and one strikeout.

« The contact was good, but just underhanded, » Judge said. It was quite a windy evening, so I hoped at the time that a squall would help me. But I just missed it. »

As for the game itself, Josh Donaldson hit a single in the 10th and New York beat Boston, 5-4.

“It was a bit chilly tonight. (Judge’s 61st) may not have been due to happen tonight, Donaldson mentioned. Maybe it will be another night… But I really thought that ball (in the 9th inning) was going to go through the fence. »

The victory ensured the Yankees made the playoffs for the sixth straight year.

« It’s a big accomplishment, » Judge said of the Yankees’ 24th playoff appearance in the past 28 seasons. There has been a lot of work during the season to get to this point, but I think all the players will say that the work is not finished. We have an ultimate goal of winning the section and putting ourselves in a good position for the playoffs. This is the first step of many others to come. »

They lead their section by seven and a half games ahead of the Toronto Blue Jays.

Giancarlo Stanton gave New York a 3-0 lead with a two-run homer in the sixth.

In the next inning, Boston fought back with a solo homer from Triston Casas and then a long three-run ball from Reese McGuire.

The match became tied via a sacrifice ball from Harrison Bader, in the eighth.

Right fielder, Judge also pinned Tommy Pham who wanted to transform a single into a double, in ninth. His relay was powerful and perfect.

Clay Holmes (7-4) was the winning pitcher, Kaleb Ort (1-2) the loser.

The two clubs will meet again on Friday evening. The starting pitchers will be Rich Hill and Gerrit Cole.

Elsewhere in America

Angels 3 – Rangers 5
LAA
: Mike Trout hit a two-run double in the 3rd inning and he also scored a run.

TEX : Corey Seager hit the 32nd homer of his season in the 8th inning, to produce the winning run.

Twins 1 – Royals 4
MIN
: In the loss, Josh Winder allowed six hits and three runs in six innings pitched.

K.C. : Starter Jonathan Heasley held the Twins to two hits and a run in six innings of work.

Mariners 9 – Athletics 5
SEA
: Abraham Toro was not in uniform. Mitch Haniger scored two runs and hit two hits.

OAK : Stephen Vogt hit a triple that drove in three runs in the 3rd inning.

Astros 0 – Orioles 2
HOO
: Justin Verlander, big favorite for the Cy Young Trophy, was unable to add an 18th victory to his record.

BALL : Kyle Bradish (4-7) excelled on the mound, pitching for 8 2/3 innings and totaling 10 strikeouts.

Guardians 4 – White Sox 2
KEY
: Shane Biebier (12-8) offered a fine performance of 7 2/3 innings, with five strikeouts.

CWS : Gavin Sheets hit his 14th home run of the season.



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