Aaron Judge’s 54th Vaults Yanks to Win. NY 5 Minnesota 2

Aaron Judge continues his unreal pace — this time hitting a 2-run homer in the 6th inning to break a 2-2 tie, and give the Yanks a 4-2 lead en route to their victory over the Twins.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa hit an insurance homer for the 5-2 final score.

Earlier, Judge had scored the 1st run of the game after hitting a double his first time up in the bottom of the 1st, and came around to score on a Josh Donaldson hit.

“I’m trying to do what I can every single day, show up to work prepared, ready to go, do whatever it takes to help our team get a win,” said Aaron Judge afterwards.

Judge’s homer countered a 2-run Bomb by old friend Gary Sanchez, who tied the game 2-2 in the 5th by SMOKING a 473-foot drive into left off Yank starter Jameson Taillon.

Greg Weissert got the win and the bullpen did their job in this relatively easy victory — if a 2-2 tie in the 6th can be considered easy.

On an 80-degree, HUMID Monday afternoon — Labor Day — at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.

The 81-54 Yanks are now 5 over Tampa, 5.5 over Toronto, and 10 over Baltimore.

1. Judge Puts Yanks on Board

Aaron Judge got the Yanks on the board in the bottom of the 1st as he has done so often this season — this time a 1-out double off starter Chris Archer put him in scoring position, and Josh Donaldson hit a shot off the wall in left to drive him home for a 1-0 lead.

Donaldson momentarily broke into a homerun trot but then had to hustle into second as his ball hit off the top of the wall — and he was thrown out.

2. Marwin HR!

Marwin Gonzalez hit a solo homer to right in the 3rd to give the Yanks a 2-0 lead. Marwin had not gotten a hit since July — but in only 24 at bats, as he is seldom used.

3. Taillon Good; Gary Revenge

Jameson Taillon was pitching well again — he had a shutout through 4 innings and a 2-0 lead. He was helped by some good Yankee defense.

In the top of the 1st, Isiah Kiner-Falefa made a terrific play at shortstop to take a base hit away from Carlos Correa.

But in the 5th, Taillon walked former Yankee farm hand Jake Cave to lead off the inning, and Gary Sanchez got some revenge against the Yanks for trading him — hitting a 493-foot BLAST to left for a 2-2 tie.

Next batter Gilberto Celestino ripped a Taillon pitch to the corner in right, but Oswaldo Cabrera fielded it and threw a perfect strike to 2nd to nail Celestino for the 1st out.

Taillon then allowed 2 more singles before getting the final two outs to escape the 5th with a 2-2 tie.

4. Judge’s 54th Wins It

Tied 2-2, bad thoughts started to enter the minds of Yankee Twitter — the Yankees cannot afford to lose many more games.

Aaron Judge erased all fears and got the Yanks back the lead with a 2-run bomb to left in the 6th, plating Gleyber Torres who had led off the inning with a single.

John Sterling on the radio was just saying it would not be bad if Judge walked — as the count went 3-1 on him — when Judge hit the bomb.

5. Kiner-Falefa Insurance

Isiah Kiner-Falefa of all people got the Yanks an insurance run in the 7th with a homer to left for a 5-2 game.

6. Bullpen Holds Court

Greg Weissert pitched a shutout 6th; he would get the win to go 2-0.

Weissert walked 2 in the 7th sandwiching an out, and was relieved by Wandy Peralta — who got an inning-ending double play on a Great play by Josh Donaldson at 3rd, and a Great stretch by Marwin Gonzalez at 1st.

And Clay Holmes came in for the 9th — this time looking sharp — retiring the side in order for the old ballgame.


  • Giancarlo Stanton fouled a pitch off his foot and was removed from the game after his 3rd at bat. X-Rays were negative.

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