Aaron Judge hits two doubles vs. Pirates

In the Yankees’ 14-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night, Aaron Judge struck out and remains on 60 home runs for the season. Although Judge had a productive night at the plate — he went 2 for 4 with two doubles and a walk — he remains one short of Roger Maris’ 1961 record of 61 home runs.

A home run by Judge marked his 60th of the season in his final at-bat Tuesday. The AL’s single-season home run leaderboard is as follows:

  1. Roger Maris, 1961 Yankees: 61
  2. Aaron Judge, 2022 Yankees: 60 and counting
  3. Babe Ruth, 1927 Yankees: 60
  4. Babe Ruth, 1921 Yankees: 59
  5. Jimmie Foxx, 1932 Athletics: 58
  6. Hank Greenberg, 1938 Tigers: 58

Judge is averaging a home run every 2.47 team games in 2022 and is on pace to hit 66 (there are 14 games left for the Yankees). In September, he has been on another level. In addition to the home run record, Judge has hit .491 in his last 15 games and aims for the AL Triple Crown.

In regards to the Triple Crown, Judge’s two doubles Wednesday gave him an AL best batting average of .317 (Xander Bogaerts is second at .316). The team’s batting line for the season sits at .317/.421/.705. Since Miguel Cabrera won the Triple Crown in 2012, Judge is the first player to lead his league in all three Triple Crown categories in September.

Thursday night, Judge and the Yankees open a four-game series at home against the Boston Red Sox. Red Sox pitcher Michael Wacha is scheduled to start the season opener. Over the course of his career, Judge has gone 0 for 14 against the veteran righty, walking twice and striking out nine times. A home run has been allowed every 10 innings by Wacha in 2022.

It improved the Yankees’ lead in the AL East to 90-58 with Wednesday’s victory. With one more win, they’ll clinch a postseason spot.

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