Aaron Judge made some more headway towards Mark McGwire’s single-season rookie record for home runs, blasting home runs No. 42 and 43 on Thursday evening against the Orioles.
Judge’s first blast came in the fourth inning with two runners on base against Mike Wright on a 97 MPH fastball. That pushed the Yankees’ lead to 9-1, furthering a lead they would never relinquish. Statcast measured the homer at 448 feet.
The second one pushed the score to 12-2 in the sixth inning, another three-run bomb, this time off of Richard Rodriguez.
Judge will need six more homers to tie McGwire’s record at 49. The Yankees have 16 games left. It seems doable.