Aaron Judge’s latest hit has no writing, though it seems otherwise.
“He just whips out the magic wand and does his thing,” Yankees All-Star pitcher Gerrit Cole said.
No doubt, it was a show for Judge, who pulled off another trick Friday, making an opponent’s home run disappear.
Judge became the first player in the majors with 40 home runs this season and hit a grand slam that allowed him to reach 41 and a blocked home run to right field as New York came from behind to defeat the Royals 11–5. Kansas City.
“It’s amazing,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “It does special things.”
Isaiah Kiner-Falefa broke a tie in the eighth inning for New York, which recorded its 29th win of the season. He is the Major League leader in that category.
Judge, who became a free agent at the end of last season, is on pace to hit 66 homers, tying the club record set by Roger Morris in 1961.
Judge, Maurice and Babe Ruth (1928) are the only Yankees with at least 40 at the end of July, according to MLB.com.
Throughout the night, fans clamored to name Judge the Most Valuable Player. The chorus intensified with a grand slam in the eighth inning that fueled another comeback for the Yankees.
He hit a single and finished with six RBIs.
Early in the game, he hit the right field fence and hit MJ. Robbed Melendez of a home run.
Judge and Anthony Rizzo homered early on a rainy night in the Bronx, but Kansas City rallied against Gerrit Cole. Salvador Perez, who returned from the disabled list, hit a three-run homer.
Albert Abreu (2-0) pitched a scoreless eighth inning. Loser: Scott Barlow (4-4)
For the Royals, Venezuela’s Perez went 4-1 with a single and three runs scored, while Michael Garcia singled.
For the Yankees, Venezuelan Gleyber Torres scored a run to make it 5-2.