NEW YORK – Aaron Judge has brought his record-breaking power to the postseason.
The Yankee outfielder crushed his second home run in three games on Tuesday in the second inning against the Cleveland Guardians. His two-out, solo shot off Cleveland reliever Sam Hentges gave the Yanks and starter Nestor Cortes a 4-0 lead in the decisive Game 5 of the American League Division Series.
It was Judge’s fourth home run in a winner-take-all postseason game and breaks a tie with Troy O’Leary for the most in major league history. Judge also went deep in the 2017 and 2018 AL Wild Card games (against Minnesota and Oakland, respectively) and in 2020 in the final game of a best-of-five ALDS against Tampa Bay.
The Yankee Stadium crowd serenaded Judge with “M-V-P” chants on his way around the bases. The AL’s new single-season home run champion went deep on a 1-0 curveball, sending the ball 394 feet to right center in almost the same spot as Giancarlo Stanton’s long ball in the first.
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