Aaron Judge failed to match Roger Maris’ 61 home run on Wednesday night, and Yankees fans weren’t happy with how his final at bat went.
It didn’t look like Judge, who was the lead-off batter and ended his night going 2-for-4 with two doubles and a walk, would get up in the ninth inning with the Yankees leading by four runs after he just batted in the seventh inning. But the Yankees ended and gave Judge another chance to strike in their eight-run inning en route to a 14-2 victory.
But Pirates lefty reliever Eric Stout walked Judge on four pitches, which led to huge booing from Yankees fans, many who left Yankee Stadium after realizing that history would not be made.
Here’s how the Yankees gave Judge another shot at hitting:
Gleyber Torres, who finished third in the Yankees order, led off the inning with a solo homer, followed by walks to Josh Donaldson and Giancarlo Stanton, then an RBI double by Oswaldo Cabrera and No. 7 batter Harrison Bader, and there were still no out.
Isiah Kiner-Falefa then struckout and Jose Trevino followed with another RBI double to give Judge another at bat. He walked in four places, enraging the crowd. Torres also hit a second homer in the inning to complete the Yankees’ eight-run blast.
The silver lining for Judge and Yankees fans is that his 2-for-4 night kept him in the lead, boosting his AL lead average to .317 in his bid for the Triple Crown.