Judge Falls Just Short of 61, Yanks Clinch Playoff Berth
Aaron Judge fell some toes quick of a report-tying 61st homer, hitting a 404-foot power stuck
just in the front of the middle discipline wall, and the
New York Yankees beat the
Boston Red Sox 5-4 on Josh Donaldson’s 10th-inning singl
e to clinch their 6th straight playoff berth.
Seconds later, groans arose in unison. Kiké Hernández ma
de the trap a step in the front of the fence, 404 feet from the plate.
Judge remained one shy of the American League file set b
y using New York slugger Roger Maris in 1961.
But the Yankees did accomplish intention No. 1: Josh Don
aldson's tenth-innng RBI single gave
them a five-four win over the Boston Red Sox and clinche
d their 6th straight playoff berth and 24th in 28 years.