Judge’s 56th & 57th HRs & Gleyber’s Clutch Hit Power Yanks. NY 7 Bos 6 in 10

Aaron Judge hits 57th Homer to tie game 4-4 in the 8th.

Aaron Judge hit his 56th homer to tie the game 3-3 in the 6th, and hit his 57th homer to tie the game 4-4 in the 8th — sending into extras where Gleyber Torres hit a 2-out, bases clearing double to power the Yankees to the 7-6, 10-inning victory.

The game ended with Wandy Peralta striking out the dangerous Rafael Devers swinging with the tying run on 2nd base.

“He’s a guy who consistently over his career has come up in clutch situations,” said Judge afterwards about Gleyber Torres. “No better guy than him to go up there. Took a couple of pitches and took a great swing. When he’s using right center consistently he’s one of the best there is in the game.”

At Fenway Park in Boston on a warm, rainy Monday night.

The Fenway Park bugaboo kept bugging Gerrit Cole — who served up 3 homeruns — of the 4 hits he allowed, while striking out 10 in 6 innings.

The win put the Yanks at 86-56, 6 games over Toronto and 6.5 over Tampa, who split a doubleheader.

1. Cole’s Fenway Bugaboo

The game went like this:

  • Cole would give up a homer ball putting Boston on top,
  • the Yanks would hit a homer to tie it,
  • Cole would give up another gopher ball to put Boston on top. This happened 3 times.
  • In between, Cole would strike out everybody.

“I think it’s very disconcerting; when he gives up hits they leave the park” said Suzyn Waldman on the radio about Gerrit Cole, after John Sterling asked her to assess his performance.

“Just a high level of execution on their part, on a couple of good pitches,” said Cole afterwards. “And a good piece of hitting by Bogaerts tonite specifically.”

2. Yanks Come Back with Homers

Cole’s first homer allowed was in the bottom of the 2nd, over the Green Monster to rookie power hitter Triston Casas, whom former Yankee from Toms River, NJ Todd Frazier told Suzanne Waldman would be a big star when he saw him play 2 years ago in a tournament.

The Yankees came back to tie it in the 3rd on a Marwin Gonzalez 2-run homer.

But Cole immediately coughed up another homer ball to put Boston back on top — to Reese McGuire leading off the bottom of the 3rd.

The Yanks tied it 3-3 on Aaron Judge‘s 56th homer, to opposite field right center leading off the top of the 6th.

The Sterling call:

But Cole immediately coughed up another homer — to Andrew Bogaerts just inside the Pesky pole in the bottom of the 6th to make it 4-3 Boston.

Aaron Judge had Cole’s back one more time — a MONSTER homer leading off the top of the 8th — over the Green Monster for a 4-4 tie. Tell me he’s not the MVP?

The Sterling call:

3. Gleyber’s Clutch Bases-Clearing Double

Lucas Luetge, Lou Trivino, Jonathan Loaisiga, and Clay Holmes combined to pitch shutout ball in the 7th thru 9th innings and so it was to extras — the final out of the 9th a long fly ball by Enrique Hernandez to right for a PHEW out.

In the top of the 9th, with 2 outs and Isiah Kiner-Falefa up, John Sterling on the radio plotted that “if Isiah Kiner-Falefa makes out here, he starts the 10th on 2nd, if game goes that long, and he’s a very speedy runner”. Falefa grounded out and so was on 2nd in the top of the 10th.

Former Met Jeurys Familia was on the mound for the Red Sox — he has Killed the Red Sox in recent outings. 

Familia walked Aaron Hicks, but got Marwin Gonzalez to ground into a double play. With a runner on 3rd and 2 outs, Familia intentionally walked Aaron Judge.

Familia then walked Giancarlo Stanton on 5 pitches, bringing Gleyber Torres to the plate. Gleyber ripped a 1-1 pitch, a 96 MPH sinker — to opposite field right center all the way to the wall for a 2-out, bases-clearing double.

4. Wandy Saves It

Clay Holmes had pitched a shutout 9th but in the 10th hit Reese McGuire with a pitch to put 1st and 2nd (inherited runner), nobody out. Holmes struck out Tommy Pham and was relieved by Wandy Peralta.

Peralta allowed an RBI single to Alex Verdugo making it 7-5 and 1st and 3rd. But he got Xander Bogaerts on a HUGE fly to left for the 2nd out.

Peralta threw a wild pitch to score the runner from 3rd to make it 7-6 and tying run on 2nd — with the dangerous Devers up. The count went 2-2 and Devers fouled off 2 pitches before swinging and missing at an 89-MPH slider for the old ballgame.


Judge went 3 for 4, raising his batting average to .310. It continues to put him in the conversation for the batting title and triple crown. The batting average leaders in the American League after the game:

  1. Luis Arraez, Minnesota .319
  2. Andrew Bogaerts, Boston .318
  3. Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox .312
  4. Aaron Judge, Yankees .310

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