The #new york yankees topped the #Kansas City Royals 11-3, with Judge picking up the rookie record for home runs in a season.
The Yankees' Aaron Judge celebrates his solo home run against the Detroit Tigers on July 31, 2017, at Yankee Stadium. "He's pitching like he's trying to get you out".
Judge's 50th homer was good for ninth-most home runs in a season for a Yankee, moving past the 49-homer mark by Lou Gehrig (1934, 1936) and Babe Ruth (1930).
NY manager Joe Girardi said he had been quietly confident Judge would have a big rookie season after watching him in spring training.
After striking out 42 times in 84 at-bats during last year's late-season call-up, Judge didn't even know he had won the right field job until three days before the Yankees' opener.
He's walloped 13 home runs in September, the most he's managed in any month this season. The game featured six home runs in total.
Judge got both home-run balls back and probably will give them to his parents.
Now Judge is a homer away from the 50-home run milestone, which Girardi said "would be a great accomplishment" for the slugger.
NY closed within four games of AL East-leading Boston and needs one win or a Minnesota loss to clinch home field in the AL wild-card game on October 3.
Judge, who is widely expected to take home American League Rookie of the Year honors and compete for AL MVP votes, leads the league in runs scored (124) and walks (120) and strikeouts (203).
Junis lost for the first time in seven decisions since June 29, allowing six runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings. The Royals managed three runs in the seventh inning, but pitcher CC Sabathia kept them to just four hits over six innings before that.
During their radio rap sessions over the years, Mike Francesa asks Yankees general manager Brian Cashman the perfunctory question about the minor leagues, if there are any budding beasts about to be spawned by their farm system.