In his pursuit of a record-tying 61st home run, Aaron Judge has been stymied by tough pitches and tough calls. One of the toughest may have come Saturday afternoon in his game against the Red Sox.
Judge reacted by pointing his arm in the direction of Conroy, saying something in his direction, then waving back toward him in anger. It was Judge’s second strikeout in an 0-3 day that saw him fail to hit a home run for a fourth game in a row. First-base umpire Chris Conroy saw Judge check his swing on a pitch from John Schreiber that went high and outside. He called Judge out on a third strike.
Ever since he hit home run No. 60 in a game against the Pirates, he’s gone 3 for 13 with a pair of doubles, five walks, and six strikeouts. Combine Judge’s home run count with his league leading RBI count of 128 and he’s in the hunt for the first Triple Crown in baseball since Miguel Cabrera accomplished the feat with the Detroit Tigers in 2012.
The lack of production has dropped his batting average down to .314, with Boston’s Xander Bogaerts’ average rising to .315 to take the lead in the American League. The Yankees won the game 7-5 thanks to Anthony Rizzo’s two-run homer hit right after Judge struck out. Judge has one more shot at tying the record against Boston. He’ll face Brayan Bello as the Yankees try and go for the sweep in the Bronx on Sunday night.