Aaron Judge remains at 60 home runs, one shy of Roger Maris’ American League record, after the New York Yankees’ 2-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday night was called after six innings due to rain.
Judge went 1 for 2 with a double and was next up for the Yankees when the game was closed. The game was called after a 98-minute delay to send the referee on the road to chase Maris in Toronto this week.
New York can clinch the AL East title with a win over the Blue Jays on Monday night.
Aaron Judge remained at 60 home runs, one shy of Roger Maris’ American League record, after the New York Yankees’ 2-0 win over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday night that was called after six innings due to rain.
The delay left Yankee Stadium fans with a tough decision: wait out a major storm in hopes of witnessing a historic moment, or go home before it’s too late.
Many in the sellout crowd of 46,707 stuck around until the game was called, leaving their seats for dry cover in the concourse and under the overhangs. Some expressed dismay when the umpires called for the tarp at 9:15 p.m., but soon the ballpark began to pour down rain. Loud thunder and lightning flashes accompanied a heavy storm that lasted past 11 p.m.
‘We’re not leaving,’ said Joe Gee, who declined to give his last name during the delay. He made the trip from Pennsylvania and received tickets last month as a 30th birthday present for his first game since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Brian Bello #66 of the Boston Red Sox takes a break during the sixth inning against the New York Yankees as rain falls at Yankee Stadium on September 25, 2022 in the Bronx.
The game marked Judge’s final chance to catch Maris in New York’s 6-0 homestand — the Yankees play a three-game series in Toronto starting Monday night, then return home for three games against Baltimore next weekend before finishing the regular season in Texas.
‘I don’t think we’re leaving. I wish they would hurry, but I don’t think we’re going anywhere,’ said Brian Cassidy from Ocean View, Delaware.
Cassidy bought the tickets as a birthday present for her father in mid-August, and they had the chance to chase Judge Maris’ home run record in person.
‘I’d like to see two – one to tie and one to break,’ said Cassidy’s father, Patrick, as they held a cover between the second and third decks on the third base side.
Judge has gone four games without a home run. Since connecting for No. 60 on Tuesday night against Pittsburgh in a ninth-inning comeback in the first game of the homestand, the four-time All-Star was 4 for 15 with three doubles, six walks and six strikeouts.
A tarp on the field to start the seventh inning forces the New York Yankees off the field and the game against the Boston Red Sox is delayed by rain on September 25, 2022 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.
The closest he got to Marris’ 1961 mark was a 404-foot drive that was caught in front of the center field fence on Thursday.
Judge led off the bottom of the first by grounding a double inside third base against Red Sox rookie Brian Bello (2-7). The slugger battled back from an 0-2 count to walk in the third and was visibly frustrated when he flew out to center field on a swinging slider in the fifth.
Moments before the game ended, Boston right fielder Rob Refsnyder dropped a two-out fly ball as he looked up at the raindrops. The error allowed Aaron Hicks to score from first base, making it 2-0.
Bello then threw a third strike to Oswald Peraza, ending the sixth inning with the Jazz on deck.
A fan holds up a sign as New York Yankees designated hitter Aaron Judge prepares to bat against Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Brian Bello.
As the rain intensified, fans pulled on ponchos and opened umbrellas in the stands. Two umpires tangled with a member of the Yankee Stadium grounds crew in foul territory and the tarp rolled over the infield.
Amanda Pesso, from nearby Westchester, bought tickets Thursday and said she and friend Jennifer Lamond, a Manhattan Red Sox fan, would wait hours for the game to resume.
‘I wanted to wait it out because you never know if Aaron is going to make it tonight,’ Pesso said. ‘So I’m here to support him. I’m a Yankees fan, period. Whatever this history is, I’ll stay here and wait anyway, because I’ve got tomorrow off for this reason.’
Nestor Cortes (11-4) allowed one hit and struck out five in a rain-shortened complete game.
Bellow also went the distance, giving up one earned run and six hits.
Oswaldo Cabrera doubled to lead off New York’s fourth and scored on Jose Trevino’s two-out single.
Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees signs autograph #99 before the game against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium on Sunday