His 404-foot two-run shot flew into the second deck in left field of Twins reliever Trevor Megill to break the 2–2 tie in the sixth inning.
In doing so, Judge not only matched the team record, but also continued his MVP trajectory by competing with Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels.
He tied Alex Rodriguez’s record for most home runs in a season by a right-handed hitter in Yankees history, which Rodriguez set in 2007.
Judge’s 54th home run was his eighth in the last 13 games, continuing a season of historic potential.
With 27 games remaining, Judges is on pace to hit 65 homers, the most in Yankees history. Roger Maris’ 61 hits in 1961 is also an American League record.
If Judges can finish the season with 65 home runs (one in 2.5 games), it will be the fifth 65-plus season in MLB history.
The season record is 73, set by Barry Bonds in 2001.
“All the individual awards, accolades, and stats you get over the year are based on how well you help the team. don’t show up ”
“Man, what he’s doing is getting more and more amazing. I mean, really,” Boone said. “Not much pitched, [is] Ready only when it’s there. It’s getting hard to put into words what he’s doing…it’s just a special season he’s in.”
But Judge’s day didn’t end there.
He was later photographed playing a late-night US Open match at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
The judges watched US compatriot Daniel Collins lose to sixth-seeded Belarusian Alina Sabalenka 6-3, 3-6, 2-6 in the fourth round.