By Terrance Turner
May 23, 2022 (updated June 11)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge hit his 23rd and 24th home runs of the MLB season tonight, further extending his lead as the league’s leader in homers. In tonight’s game against the Chicago Cubs, Judge got the scoring started by smashing a fly ball to center field in the bottom of the first inning. He struck again in the fourth inning, whacking a homer to left center field:
Judge’s two home runs tonight were among a slew of scores for the Yankees. The team hit six solo home runs tonight, tied for most in a single game this season. They easily defeated the Cubs in an 8-0 win. It’s their 10th win in the last 11 games.
Judge hit his 22nd home run of the season on June 7. As the Yankees opened their game against the Minnesota Twins, Judge went up to bat in the first inning. After two balls and two strikes, Judge smashed a two-run homer to center field to put the Yankees ahead 2-0:
The home run was the 22nd of Judge’s season. He hit his 21st in a game versus the Detroit Tigers — a first-pitch leadoff — in the Yankees’ 3-0 victory against the Tigers on June 4. He notched his 20th home run the day before (also against the Tigers). He has an MLB-best .679 slugging percentage, with the next-best mark being .642 from the Cleveland Guardians’ Jose Ramirez. He also leads the majors in OPS (1.059) and wRC+ (200), according to The Comeback.
Judge previously hit a scorcher HR against the Angels (No. 19) and a deep-center homer (No. 18) versus the Tampa Bay Rays. In a Yankees game against the Baltimore Orioles, Judge crushed a solo home run to center field and opened the scoring at 1-0 in the bottom of the 1st. Then, with the Yankees down 4-2 against the Baltimore Orioles, Judge hit a two-run homer to tie the game.
This was the 17th home run of the season for Judge. No other MLB player had more than 12.
Judge hit a moonshot in the bottom of the eighth inning of New York’s game against the White Sox yesterday — his 15th. He smashed his 13th and 14th home runs of the season on May 17. In the Yankees’ game against the Baltimore Orioles, Judge belted a solo home run to center field, giving the Yankees a 2-1 lead over the Orioles in the top of the 3rd inning. Then, in the fifth inning, he homered again, hitting a 422-foot blast to center field. That tied the game at 3.
Judge has been on a tear lately. After teammate Giancarlo Stanton smacked a two-run drive in the first inning against Vince Velasquez (2-3) and the Yankees scored three more runs in the second, Judge made it 6-0 with a solo moon shot in the fourth — his 12th home run — and the Yankees beat the Chicago White Sox 10-4 on May 13.
Judge hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning and the New York Yankees rallied for a comeback win, beating the Toronto Blue Jays 6-5 on May 10 in the Bronx. In the ninth inning, pitcher Jordan Romano faced Yankees center fielder Aaron Judge. (Yankees catcher Jose Trevino was on first base; DJ LeMahieu was on second.) The first pitch was a slider for a strike. Another slider led to strike two. Judge swung at a fastball, hitting it foul. Then, after another foul, he finally connected. Judge smashed a massive 450-foot three-run homer — the first walk-off home run of his career.
It made him the first MLB player to reach double-digit home runs. Now, Judge leads the league in homers with 17. But he’s not done yet…