NEW YORK -- Aaron Judge connected for another historic home run in Thursday's 4-3 victory over the Blue Jays, becoming the fastest player to reach 61 career blasts in terms of games played.The reigning American League Rookie of the Year launched a seventh-inning drive off reliever Tyler Clippard. The solo
NEW YORK -- Aaron Judge connected for another historic home run in Thursday's 4-3 victory over the Blue Jays, becoming the fastest player to reach 61 career blasts in terms of games played.
The reigning American League Rookie of the Year launched a seventh-inning drive off reliever Tyler Clippard. The solo shot to left field, his fifth of the season, came in his 199th career game and gave the Yankees a two-run lead.
"I just try to pick one out that I can drive," said Judge, who finished 1-for-3 with a walk. "They're going to try to nibble, work it in and work it out. It's just about staying disciplined, especially with the team we've got. I've just got to get on base.
"If they're going to walk me or pitch around me, I'll get on base for Gary [Sanchez], get on base for [Giancarlo] Stanton. That's all I've got to do."
The homer was calculated by Statcast™ to have come off of the bat at 105.8 mph, and it traveled a projected distance of 394 feet.
It also broke a record held by Mark McGwire, who hit 61 homers in 204 games for the 1986-88 Athletics. On Monday, Judge broke McGwire's record as the fastest player to reach 60 career home runs.
Judge has reached base safely in 13 of his 14 games this month, batting .380 with 15 runs, two doubles, five homers, 12 RBIs and 15 walks. He has hit safely in 13 of those 14 games, and has reached base safely in each of his last 23 home games dating back to Sept. 3, 2017.
"We get it from our teammates," Judge said. "Everybody in this clubhouse is always going 100 percent. It doesn't matter if it's the first inning of the game or the ninth. We've got to match that energy."
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