New York — Aaron Judge He became the first player in the majors with 40 home runs this season with a two-run drive for the New York Yankees against the Kansas City Royals on Friday night.
The 6-foot-7 judge was robbed from a house MJ Melendez Start the game and then beat the rated 449-foot homer 3-0 lead in the third inning. It was his second homer in three at-bats after he hit the game-ending drive in the ninth inning of a 1-0 win over Kansas City on Thursday night.
The four-time All-Star is on pace for 64 home runs in his final season under New York’s control. The club record is 61, set by Roger Morris in 1961. In 1928 Judge, Maurice and Babe Ruth were the only Yankees with at least 40 homers by the end of July, per MLB.com.
of Philadelphia Kyle Schwarber Night came in second in the majors with 32 homers. Judge hit 52 homers while winning the 2017 AL Rookie of the Year award.
In the first inning Friday, Judge jumped and nearly reached the 8-foot right-field wall to deny Melendez. Gerrit ColeThe fourth pitch of Judge fell to the warning track after making the catch and took a moment to lift his glove and confirm he had made the catch. Yankee Stadium erupted when he did.
It extended the Royals’ scoreless streak to four games. They came into Friday with three straight shutouts since the eighth inning of Monday’s 7-0 win over the Los Angeles Angels.