Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees stepped over the ‘sign stealing’ frame and fired the final shot.
Judge hit a two-run home run in the top of the 8th inning to win 6-3 in an away game against the Toronto Blue Jays held at Rogers Center in Toronto, Canada on the 17th (Korean time), 3-3.
Judge, who entered the 4th at-bat with 1 out and 1 base, hit the slider in the middle of the 85.9 mile of the second pitch of opponent pitcher Eric Swanson on a ball count of 1S, and exploded a large two-run gun that fell over the middle fence and hit the billboard. It flew a whopping 448 feet (137 m). Season 11 home run.
The Yankees, who took a 5-3 lead again, scored a run in the 9th inning on a sacrifice fly by Glaber Torres with one out and third baseman, putting a wedge in the game.
Judge went 5 at-bats, 1 hit, 2 RBIs and 1 run, including the final home run. He finished the season with a batting average of .270 (33 hits in 122 at-bats), with 11 homers, 26 RBIs, 27 runs scored and an OPS of .960. The gap between Pete Alonso of the New York Mets and Max Muncy of the Los Angeles Dodgers, who tied for first place in home runs, is three. In the AL, he tied for the lead with Raphael Devers of the Boston Red Sox and Adolis Garcia of the Texas Rangers.
After returning from injury, explosive long hits continue. Judge came to the IL on the 29th of last month due to a hip injury. He has since been on 11 days off and has returned in the last 10 days. Judge’s bat, which had been jagged, recently got back on track by picking up hits in four consecutive games. In particular, after hitting two home runs against Tampa Bay on the 14th, he added two more home runs against Toronto the previous day (16th), and drew a large arch again on this day. He has hit 5 home runs in his last 4 games.
Toronto’s Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hits a timely hit in the bottom of the 5th inning. AFP Yonhap News
However, there was a controversy over sign stealing about the 462-foot (141m) mid-month solo home run that Judge hit the previous day in the 8th inning. This is because, right before Judge hit the home run, he looked sideways at the Yankees dugout and the first base coach in his batting stance.
Broadcaster Dan Shulman and commentator Buck Martinez first raised their suspicions. It was that Judge was looking sideways to receive the sign from the dugout through the first base coach.안전놀이터
However, Judge said after the game, “I heard some chatter in our dugout. We had a big 6-0 lead and the manager was sent off, and I didn’t like it when my teammates were doing it.” I wanted to say, ‘I’m playing right now’. I just looked sideways to see who was talking. Even after the director was kicked out, I tried to notice, ‘Who is still talking?'” he protested.
However, Toronto manager John Schneider said, “It’s very strange for a hitter to look in that direction in a situation like that. There must have been a reason. I’ll take a closer look at the situation today or tomorrow. He said, “I can see the runner on second base from the at-bat, but it’s difficult to see dugout. But it’s relatively easy to see the coach on first base.”
However, it is unlikely that Toronto will file a complaint with the MLB and investigate the scene. The two teams, which have emerged as rivals in the AL Eastern Division, have recently been fighting with each other. Toronto’s Vladimir Guerrero Jr. stirred up emotions last month by saying he would not go to the Yankees even if he became a free agent. This time, it seems that only controversy and rumors are left behind.
Meanwhile, Toronto starter Kevin Gausman pitched 7 innings, 5 hits, 10 strikeouts and 3 runs, but suffered two consecutive losses as the bullpen collapsed. On the other hand, the Yankees, who had two consecutive victories, kept 4th place in the district with 25 wins and 19 losses, and caught up with Toronto in 3rd place without a ride.