NEW YORK – Dwarfed by rain Sunday night, Aaron Judge takes his record chase on the road.
The judge was left at 60 home runs, short of Roger Maris’ MLS mark, when the New York Yankees’ 2-0 win over the Boston Red Sox after six rounds was called up by heavy rain.
The Big Sweeper went 1 on 2 in a double and was due to come next for the Yankees when play stopped. The match was called up after a 98-minute delay, sending Judge to Toronto still chasing Maris.
But the four-time All-Star insisted he wasn’t disappointed that he couldn’t make it to 61st at the New York home 6-0.
“You can’t think like that,” the judge said. “This isn’t our last home game, so I’m not worried about it.”
New York has won seven times in a row and can win the AL East title with a Monday night win over the Blue Jays.
The judge expects his parents to follow him to Toronto and bring him back.
“Oh yeah. I hope so. They’re retired. They have nothing to do. So they better be there.”
The delay left a difficult decision for fans at Yankee Stadium: Wait for a big storm in hopes of seeing a historic moment, or go home before it’s too late.
Much of the 46707 selling crowd stopped, but there was no audible reaction when the announcement of the game’s recall came.
Most fans left their seats for dry coverage at the rendezvous and under the hanging shelves. Some booed when the referees called for a tarp at 9:15 p.m., but torrential rain soon drenched the stadium. Thunder and lightning were accompanied by a severe storm that lasted until 11 pm
“I was hoping the game would go on, but I was glad we got to see him and I hope he gets it done at the next home,” said Joe Kelly, a Queens fan.
The judge played five matches without a game at home. Since calling the 60th on Tuesday night against Pittsburgh to tease the return of the ninth inning, it’s 4 for 15 with three pairs, six walks and six strikes.
The closest he got to matching the 1961 Maris mark was a 404-foot engine taken in front of the central field fence on Thursday.
The Yankees play a three-game series in Toronto starting Monday, then return home for three games against Baltimore next weekend before wrapping up the regular season in Texas.
The judge, who is also chasing AL Triple Crown, led the bottom of the first by double grounding inside third base against rookie Brayan Bello (2-7). The slow player from 0-2 fought to draw a gait at three and he was Evidently disappointed when he traveled to midfield On a scroll bar hanging in the fifth.
“I don’t want to place any expectations on him. I feel like he’s going to get there and when he does, it’s going to be great,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “You can’t push buttons for things to happen. So, be proud of the way he handles it, and continue to be the central figure in our winning matches.”
Moments before play stops, Boston’s right-hander Rob Rifsneider drops a bipedal flyball as he looks at the raindrops. The foul allowed Aaron Hicks to score from first base, making it 2-0.
Bello then delivered the third blow named after Oswald Peraza, ending the sixth inning with the judge on deck.
The judge said, “I love hitting, but I think anyone would want more hits. You can ask everyone in that room: We’re excited that we came away with a little win and we’re closer to winning the division.”
As the rain intensified, fans pulled on ponchos and opened umbrellas in the stands. Two referees huddled with a Yankee Stadium staff member in a foul area, and a tarp was rolled across the field.
Said Billy K. A Yankees fan from Queens, who declined to give his last name: “We’d love to see him reach 61, but at the end of the day we got the win.” “I know most fans came to watch him go home, but that’s what he is. I hope he beats him in Toronto.”
Bello also cut the distance, giving up one earned kick and six hits.
Oswaldo Cabrera doubled the lead for New York with a goal Jose Trevino singles.
The loss eliminated the last-place Red Sox from the playoff competition.
“We had a good squad coming into the season and we didn’t play,” said coach Alex Cora. ”We were very inconsistent in a lot of aspects of the game and we have to improve.”
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Judge started in DH for the 22nd time this season and first since both games with two heads on September 7 against Minnesota. Not out of the starting line-up since August 3, Boone has not ruled out a break for the 30-year-old while still chasing Maris.
“I just play it day in and day out,” Boone said. “Hopefully we get to a point where we have a few days to decide which one makes more sense and how to comfort him where we can.”
Red Sox: 1B Eric Hosmer (lower back inflammation) is moving better, according to Cora, and could be back by the end of the week. …RHP Nathan Eovaldi (Right Shoulder Inflammation) can be activated by the end of the week. … 3B Rafael Devers and Alex Verdugo have been rested.
Yankees: INF DJ LeMahieu (Right Toe Inflammation) is still a possibility for the upcoming series in Toronto, and Boone said he believes and hopes the three-time All-Star and two-time batting champion will come off the injured list by the end of the regular season. …RHP Frankie Montas (Right Shoulder Inflammation) has not yet resumed throwing and is unlikely to be an option as an extended start when the playoffs begin. It could be available in shorter periods, Poon said. … DH Giancarlo Stanton, 3B Josh Donaldson and SS Isiah Kiner-Falefa were given tonight.
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INF/of Miguel Andujar of waivers by Pittsburgh. Andegar was runner-up to Shohei Ohtani for 2018, New Player of the Year.
Red Sox: Rookie RHP Connor Seabold (0-3, 10.47 ERA) opened a four-game streak Monday night at Fenway Park against Baltimore RHP Jordan Lyles (11-11, 4.50).
Yankees: RHP Luis Severino (6-3, 3.36) faced Toronto RHP team Kevin Gausman (12-10, 3.32) Monday night. The judge is 8 for 22 with three Homer in his run against Guzman.
Associated Press freelance writer Larry Fleischer contributed to this report.
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