Aaron Judge had come two steps closer to home run history on Tuesday night. The New York Yankees slugger scored his 56th and 57th home run of the year in their match against rival Boston Red Sox. He is now just four behind all-time record of 61 home runs scored in a single season by Roger Maris in the American League in 1961.
Both the home runs scored on Tuesday night were equally important. The first came in the sixth inning solo shot against Nick Pivetta which tied the game at 3-3. The second came in the eighth inning where his slot shot tied the game at 4-4. He even had a chance to hit the third home run but he intentionally walked with first base open in the tenth innings.
Before Tuesday night, Judge went five successive games without a home run. It was the seventh occasion this season in which he had gone without a home run for five successive games. The same was the case in which he hit home run number 53 earlier in the month.
Every home run from this stage will be a new high for Judge. It was the tenth multi-home run game for the Judge in the season. Shohei Ohtani is second to him but he has only six multi-home run games. Giancarlo Stanton had ten home run games in 2017. Since then Judge is the first player to achieve the fate. Giancarlo scored 59 home runs in 2017 with Miami Marlins.
It is to be noted that there have been only 52 players who have hit 20 home runs in the current season and Judge currently has 20 home runs more than any other existing player in the league. He is just three home runs away from becoming the sixth player to achieve 60 home runs in a season.
Barry Bonds scored 73 in 2001, Mark McGwire scored 70 in 1998, and 65 in 1999. Sammy Sosa scored 66 in 1998,64 in 2001 and 63 in 1999. Maris scored 61 in 1961 and Babe Ruth scored 60 in 1927.