Aaron Judge has hit two HRs to reach 59 on the year, one closer than Roger Maris’ 61.


Judge is two home runs away from Roger Maris’ AL single-season record of 61, set by the legendary Yankee right fielder in 1961, and is on pace to hit 65 on the year, which would be tied for fourth all-time. major league history

“It’s not too hard if your main focus and your main goal is to go out there and win a game. The numbers, it’s just the numbers,” Judge told MLB.com after the win, which saved the Yankees from a series. sweep and kept them first in the AL East.

“I’m just focused on doing what I can to be a good teammate and help the team win. If that means hitting a homer, it means hitting a home run, but that’s never been my focus.”

The Brewers got off to a hot start when Kolten Wong hit a three-run homer to make it 3-0 in the bottom of the first. The Yankees’ Oswaldo Cabrera hit a solo home run in the top of the second to cut the lead, but it got back to within three when Brewers outfielder Tyrone Taylor hit a solo homer in the bottom of the second.

Judge’s first home run of the day was a 414-yard blast to right-center field in the top of the third inning that closed the gap to 4-2. After a hitting streak, his second — a 443-foot bomb to left-center field in the top of the seventh inning — helped seal the victory for the Yankees.

The New York slugger went 4-for-5 with four RBIs on the day to raise his batting average to .316, one point behind Minnesota Twins second baseman and AL leader Luis Arráez.

Given Judge’s big lead in the American League HR and RBI categories, his pursuit of the batting crown could make him the AL’s first Triple Crown since Miguel Cabrera in 2012 and the Yankees’ first since Mickey Mantle in 1956, according to MLB. com.

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“Sorry to repeat the same line, but it’s historic. I have nothing more for you,” Yankees pitcher Gerrit Cole said, according to ESPN. “This is the greatest offensive season I’ve ever seen in person. I don’t know what else to say. I mean, it’s amazing. I’m rolling, man. It’s amazing.”

The Yankees have a six-game homestand starting Tuesday, with two games against the Pittsburgh Pirates and four against bitter rivals the Boston Red Sox, and Judge had only one thing on his mind after the game. “We’ve got some big games coming up. That’s really the only thing on my mind,” he said.

“We’re behind Pennant, and sitting where Judge is, so there’s going to be that extra buzz every time he comes out,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said after the game.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone says Yankee Stadium will be roaring to see Judge and his teammates in a six-game homestand starting Tuesday.

“I experienced that playing in the NL Central playing against Sammy [Sosa] and McGwire in ’98, where it’s like every time – it’s an event,” Boone continued. “And I think where we’re at in the pennant race and what he’s doing should hopefully create an incredible environment. [Yankee Stadium].”