Aaron Judge misses 61 by a few feet, Yankees clinch playoff berth in no-call win over Red Sox

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Judge Aaron hit a ball at 113 mph that flew 404 feet.

The problem is that he hit him on the deepest part of Yankee Stadium.

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Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees celebrates teammate Giancarlo Stanton's two home runs in the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium on September 22, 2022 in the Bronx borough of New York.

Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees celebrates teammate Giancarlo Stanton’s two home runs in the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium on September 22, 2022 in the Bronx borough of New York.
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However, the New York Yankees were able to come back against the Boston Red Sox, and Josh Donaldson’s single in the 10th gave them a 5-4 win.

Judge’s long flight not only came close to being his fourth homer of the year, it would also have been his 61st homer of the season, tying Roger Maris for the AL record in a single season.

New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) reacts after hitting a brace against the Minnesota Twins in the first inning of a baseball game Monday, September 1.  5, 2022, in New York.

New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) reacts after hitting a brace against the Minnesota Twins in the first inning of a baseball game Monday, September 1. 5, 2022, in New York.
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AARON JUDGE’S 62ND BALL RUN WILL BE MORE VALID THAN ALBERT PUJOLS’ 700TH, SAYS MEMORY EXPERT

With Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa all surpassing Maris between 1998 and 2001, many consider 61 to be the true record, so all eyes have been on Judge in the Bronx.

The judge is a powerful figure, but even this time he couldn’t get past the center field wall where Monument Park sits 408 feet from home plate.

But everyone thought there weren’t any left.

Although he was hitless on the night, he kept his Gold Glove-caliber defense in right field, throwing an absolute seed to keep the Red Sox’ leading potential out of the bases in the top of the ninth inning.

The judge walked three times in the game, and Red Sox pitchers were booed each time.

It was Donaldson’s third hit this season and his second against Boston this year. In August, he hit a three-run grand slam in extra innings, and on the opening day, he hit a single against Boston.

Josh Donaldson #28 of the New York Yankees reacts after hitting a single in the tenth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium on September 22, 2022 in the Bronx borough of New York.  The Yankees won 5-4.

Josh Donaldson #28 of the New York Yankees reacts after hitting a single in the tenth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium on September 22, 2022 in the Bronx borough of New York. The Yankees won 5-4.
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The Yankees also clinched a playoff spot with the win. It’s their sixth straight trip to the playoffs and their 24th in the past 28 seasons, having only missed in 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2016 during that span.

Judge now has three more games in the Bronx — against Boston — to get 61 and 62 before the Yankees head to a three-game set in Toronto.