Aaron Judge reaches 60 homers, sparking game-winning Yankees rally as he moves into Triple Crown position

Sep 21, 2022

Aaron Judge pushed into truly elite home run territory with his 60th blast Tuesday night, hitting a solo shot to lead off the ninth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The home run brought the Yankees within three after a rough night for the New York bullpen, and the rest of the lineup stepped up after him. Anthony Rizzo, Gleyber Torres and Josh Donaldson reached against Pirates closer Wil Crowe and Giancarlo Stanton followed with a walk-off grand slam.

Judge is now just one deep ball shy of tying fellow New York Yankees slugger Roger Maris' American League record for homers in a season, 61. Judge is just the sixth player in MLB history to crush 60 homers in a season. No one has reached this threshold since Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa in 2001.

In what could only be a side story for Judge this year, he also took over the American League lead in batting average, putting him in position to win the Triple Crown.

Source: Yahoo Sports