Aaron Judge did not tie Roger Maris’ 61 home run mark on Wednesday night, and Yankees fans weren’t happy about how his final at-bat went down.
It did not appear that Judge, who was the leadoff hitter and ended his night going 2-for-4 with two doubles and a walk, was going to get up in the ninth inning with the Yankees holding a four-run lead after he had just hit in the seventh inning. But the Yankees wound up giving Judge another chance to hit in their eight-run inning en route to a 14-2 win.
But Pirates lefty reliever Eric Stout walked Judge on four pitches, leading to massive boos from Yankees fans, many who left Yankee Stadium after realizing history wouldn’t be made.
Here’s how the Yankees gave Judge one more chance to hit:
Gleyber Torres, hitting third in the Yankees order, led the inning off with a solo homer, followed by walks to Josh Donaldson and Giancarlo Stanton and then RBI doubles by Oswaldo Cabrera and Harrison Bader, the No. 7 hitter, and there were still no outs.
Isiah Kiner-Falefa then struck out and Jose Trevino followed with another RBI double, which led to Judge getting one more at-bat. He was walked on four pitches, angering the crowd. Torres also hit a second homer in the inning to help round out the Yankees’ eight-run explosion.
The silver lining for Judge and Yankees fans is that his 2-for-4 night kept him in the lead that upped his AL-leading average to .317 in his bid for the Triple Crown.