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Aaron Judge was in a home drought for five matches, and that was too long for him. So, he decided to make up for the lost time.
In the sixth inning, the MVP favorite blasted his 56th home run of the season against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on Tuesday night to tie the game at three.
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After two innings, he tied the game again, hitting a single homer – his 57th of the year – over the Green Monster.
The five games without Homer tied for his longest streak of the season. However, despite the “drought”, the judges are completely baffled. The homer was his second hit of the night, and in his last 10 games (up to the eighth inning homer), he is hitting .514 (19-for-37) with six homers and 10 RBIs. He has reached base at least three times in all but one of those games.
Judge recently had a streak of seven straight games reaching base at least three times, which had not been done by a Yankee since Mickey Mantle did so in 1957.
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57 home runs are the most hits by a player since teammate Giancarlo Stanton scored 59 runs in his NL MVP-winning 2017 campaign with the Miami Marlins. It also holds the record for most home runs hit by a right-handed Yankee in a season.
The judge needed four to tie and five to set, the American League record—which some might argue is the real record among the steroid era.
In any case, Judge is three homers away from becoming the sixth player in MLB history to hit 60 in a season – this would also be the ninth occurrence and the first since Barry Bonds hit 73, which is an MLB record, and Sammy Sosa. Hit 64 in 2001.
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The judges are also vying for the Triple Crown — entering Tuesday night, he was hitting .307, trailing Boston’s Xander Bogarts’ .319.