Aaron Judge misses 61 by a few feet, Yankees grab playoff berth in walk-off win over Red Sox

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Aaron Judge hit a ball 113 mph that flew 404 feet.

The problem is that he put it on the deepest part of Yankee Stadium.

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Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees celebrates the sixth inning home run by teammate Giancarlo Stanton against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium on September 22, 2022 in the Bronx borough of New York City.

Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees celebrates the sixth inning home run by teammate Giancarlo Stanton against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium on September 22, 2022 in the Bronx borough of New York City.
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However, the New York Yankees were able to come back against the Boston Red Sox, and Josh Donaldson’s walk-off single in the 10th gave them a 5-4 win.

Judge’s long drive was not only so close to his fourth walk-off home run of the year, but it would have been his 61st home run of the season, equaling Roger Maris for the AL record in one season.

Rightfielder Aaron Judge (99) of the New York Yankees reacts after a double against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of a baseball game on Monday, September 5, 2022 in New York.

Rightfielder Aaron Judge (99) of the New York Yankees reacts after a double against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of a baseball game on Monday, September 5, 2022 in New York.
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With Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa all surpassing Maris between 1998 and 2001, many consider 61 to be the true record, so all eyes are on Judge in the Bronx.

Judge is a powerful figure, but even this time he couldn’t remove the midfield wall, where Monument Park is 120 yards from home plate.

But everyone thought it was gone.

Though hitless overnight, he kept up his defense of the caliber Gold Glove in rightfield and threw an absolute seed to keep the Red Sox’s potential go-ahead run off base in the top of the ninth inning.

Judge walked three times in the game and Red Sox pitchers were booed each time.

It was Donaldson’s third walk-off hit of the season and his second this year against Boston. In August, he hit a walk-off grand slam three runs behind in extra innings, and on Opening Day, he had a walk-off single against Boston.

Josh Donaldson #28 of the New York Yankees reacts after hitting a walk-off single in the tenth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium on September 22, 2022 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  The Yankees won 5-4.

Josh Donaldson #28 of the New York Yankees reacts after hitting a walk-off single in the tenth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium on September 22, 2022 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Yankees won 5-4.
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The Yankees also secured a postseason spot with the win. It is their sixth straight trip to the postseason and their 24th in the past 28 seasons, missing only in 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2016.

Judge now has three games left in the Bronx — against Boston — to get 61 and 62 before the Yankees head for a three-game set in Toronto.

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