BOSTON — Sitting by the visitors’ dugout late Tuesday night, a group of Yankees fans could now serenade Aaron Judge with “MV-P” chants without any reaction from Red Sox Nation.
Gleyber Torres had a three-run brace in the 10th and Wandy Peralta saved the Yankees’ 7-6 win, pulling out Rafael Devers for the winning run.
Somehow, the Red Sox threw to the judge until they didn’t have to, eventually walking him intentionally with an open base in the extra inning.
But once again Judge had propelled his side to victory, on a night when manager Aaron Boone thought the club came out “a bit flat” after Monday’s day off, on a gloomy night in Back Bay.
Judge went deep twice at Fenway Park, with a pair of game-tying shots – Nos. 56 and 57 of the season – on his path to Yankees single-season home run recordand the AL MVP.
While chasing Roger Maris’ franchise and the AL record 61 home runs set in 1961, 23 of Judge’s home runs tied the game or gave the Yankees a lead.
It’s all part of the greatest free agent walking season ever, although Judge is “perfect” for the task, as Boone put it, because his top priorities – being a leader and winning a title – have not changed.
When it’s the daily goal, “it’s kept simple,” Boone said. “Just let the results happen.”
Judge Aaron is “simply amazing”
Other than that, Boone said he was “running out of adjectives” to describe Judge’s season, carrying a compromised Yankees roster to the finish line.
“It’s just amazing what he does.”
In the top of the sixth inning, Judge hit a first-pitch Nick Pivetta curveball off the right-center field wall, making it 3-3 against the last-placed Red Sox.
Topping the eighth against Garrett Whitlock, Judge fired one well over the famous green monster, making it 4-4 after the Red Sox – once again – found ways to injure Gerrit Cole with the long ball.
“I have no idea, I’m even trying not to think about it,” Judge said of still seeing his share of hitting pitches in key strikes. “I can’t wonder if the guys are pitching me or not pitching me.
“In some situations, when I’m hitting, you can kind of see them swaying around you. But I still have to stay stuck on my approach.”
To make it a full day, the Rays and Blue Jays split a doubleheader in Toronto, putting the AL East Yanks’ lead to six games with 20 remaining.
“One of the most historic offensive seasons of all time”
Cole struck out 10 in six innings and kept nemesis Devers in the park, but left-handed rookie first baseman Triston Casas – who looks like a rising star – clubbed a two-run homer against Cole, who also soloed Reese McGuire and Xander Bogaerts, just inside Pesky’s post on the right.
“High level of execution from them,” said Cole, who now has a 5.87 ERA with 14 homers allowed in nine career starts at Fenway Park, including last year’s Wild Card game.
As for watching “one of the most historic offensive seasons of all time,” Cole said he was just “very lucky to be playing on the same team” as Judge.
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“Every time he hits a homer, he helps the team,” said Torres, who had a two-out, three-run brace against former Met Jeurys Familia in the 10th.
As Torres sees it, Judge’s success inspires better drummers throughout a lineup missing Anthony Rizzo, Andrew Benintendi and Matt Carpenter through injury, with only Rizzo expected to return (perhaps as soon as this). weekend).
Aaron Judge’s Triple Crown Chase
Fourth on the Yankees’ all-time list for single-season homers, Judge’s next target is Babe Ruth’s 59 homers in 1921.
But there’s another potential gem in sight: an American League Triple Crown.
Earlier in the game, Judge opted to extend his scoring streak to 14 straight games, and he’s now batting .310, with Bogaerts leading the league at .318.
In Yankees history, only Lou Gehrig and Mickey Mantle have led the league in batting average, home runs and RBI, and Judge currently leads this year in home runs and RBI (123).
“Some great guys made it…pretty special,” Judge said. “But I think I’m far from that.”
“For me, the batting rating has always been (high) average,” Judge said, referring to the high average power of Albert Pujols and Miguel Cabrera, the last AL Triple Crown winner.
During his response, someone in the Yankees dugout shouted “MV-P” in Judge’s direction.
“I’m just trying to put the team in a good position to win a game,” Judge said with a smile.