Aaron Judge falls short of hitting record-tying 61st home run but Yankees clinch playoff birth

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The Bronx was connected the borderline of its spot arsenic Aaron Judge looked to person deed the location tally that would necktie a long-held franchise grounds successful Thursday night's crippled betwixt the Yankees and Red Sox but it yet conscionable fell abbreviated of the wall. 

But Yankees could find immoderate solace successful the information New York clinched its playoff commencement with an extra-inning, walk-off 5-4 triumph against the Red Sox aft Josh Donaldson´s 10th-inning single.

In the bottommost of the ninth inning, Judge - who has 4 walk-off location runs to his sanction - stepped up to the sheet to effort and adhd different to his season-long tally. 

On a 2-2 transportation delivered by Matt Barnes, Judge swung and connected with the ball, sending it heavy to halfway field. 

The 404-foot thrust caught conscionable successful beforehand of the halfway tract partition and fell, landing successful the mitt of Red Sox outfielder Kike Hernandez.

Aaron Judge looked to person deed the location tally that would necktie a long-held franchise record 

New York clinched its playoff commencement with an extra-inning, walk-off 5-4 triumph against the Red Sox

In the bottommost of the ninth inning, Judge stepped up to the sheet successful hunt of No. 61

Judge had walked 3 times and struck retired erstwhile earlier helium came to the sheet with the people tied 4-all successful the ninth. 

The assemblage of 43,123 was connected its feet for each pitch, and Judge drove a 2-2 fastball from Matt Barnes conscionable to the close of straightaway center. 

Yankee Stadium thought it witnessed past arsenic the shot sailed toward the centerfield wall, but instead, it conscionable missed. 

'I conscionable got underneath it a small bit,' Judge said. 'A beauteous windy night, truthful I was hoping possibly it was blowing retired astatine the clip I was hitting, but conscionable missed it.' 

The slugger drove a 2-2 fastball from Matt Barnes conscionable to the close of straightaway center

The shot near the bat astatine 113 mph, and fans waited successful anticipation arsenic Judge jogged toward archetypal base. 

But they groaned successful unison arsenic Kiké Hernández made the drawback a measurement successful beforehand of the fence, not acold from the 408-foot motion - leaving Judge inactive 1 location tally shy of the American League grounds acceptable by Yankees slugger Roger Maris successful 1961.

'Tonight it's a small cool. Maybe it wasn't meant for tonight. Maybe it's different night,' Donaldson said. 'I thought that shot was gone.'

At home, the camera attempting to find the shot made it look similar it was launched into orbit, but aft uncovering it falling to the ground, it was each successful vain.

Josh Donaldson´s 10th-inning azygous sealed the triumph for New York astatine Yankee Stadium 

Fans connected Twitter had a scope of reactions - from daze that helium didn't deed the location run, to choler astatine the camera man.

On societal media idiosyncratic posted: 'Camera dude had this shot going to Pluto' 

Another tweeted: 'That camera antheral should beryllium down bars aft that atrocity. Heart inactive racing. Aaron Judge inactive bully astatine baseball.' 

'Thoughts and prayers to each the moms of kids whose dads woke them up portion screaming implicit Aaron Judge's near-miss location tally astatine 10:38pm this evening,' 1 relationship joked. 

Fans watching the crippled reacted arsenic Aaron Judge fell conscionable a fewer feet abbreviated of a location run

Another claimed the cameraman had acted arsenic if it was the record-breaking homer arsenic they said: 'FOX camera feline panned up to the entity similar Aaron Judge deed 62 lone for him to cookware down to Kike Hernandez making the catch.' 

Meanwhile different branded it an 'all-timer' arsenic they wrote: 'That Aaron Judge non-home tally was an all-timer. Everybody watching connected TV was definite it was history. Incredible. How tin you not beryllium romanticist astir baseball.' 

One idiosyncratic posted: 'Popped outta my spot #61 #AaronJudge,' on with a photograph of chat amusement big Seth Myers saying, 'So close... truthful close.'

One idiosyncratic claimed that it was an 'all-time arsenic they claimed everyone was definite it was history

Earlier successful the game, fans were up successful arms arsenic Red Sox pitcher Michael Wacha walked Judge 3 successful his archetypal 3 at-bats of the game.

'[Red Sox manager] Alex Cora said they are going aft Judge. They've present walked him 3 retired of 4 times,' tweeted shot writer Jon Heyman.

Judge besides threw retired a runner astatine 2nd basal to assistance clasp disconnected Boston successful the ninth, showing disconnected his antiaircraft prowess. Tommy Pham deed a one-hopper disconnected the right-field partition against Clay Holmes (7-4). Judge played the carom and from the informing way threw a onslaught to shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa for the tag. It was Judge´s sixth assistance of the season.

Red Sox pitcher Michael Wacha walked Judge 3 successful his archetypal 3 at-bats of the game

Judge besides threw retired a runner astatine 2nd basal to assistance clasp disconnected the Red Sox successful the ninth  

Then successful the 10th, with pinch-runner Marwin Gonzalez astatine 2nd arsenic the automatic runner, Kaleb Ort (0-2) intentionally walked Gleyber Torres earlier Donaldson grounded a azygous conscionable past diving shortstop Xander Bogaerts and into near field.

Giancarlo Stanton deed a two-run homer for the Yankees, and Harrison Bader had a tying sacrifice alert successful the eighth aft Stanton´s leadoff infield single.

With that win, the Yankees person clinched the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season. They presently pb the AL East by 7.5 games implicit the Toronto Blue Jays, with the magic fig to clinch the part being seven. 

'A large accomplishment. A batch of hard enactment implicit the people of the play to get to this point,' Judge said. 

'But I deliberation you could inquire anybody successful this room: The job´s not finished. We person an eventual extremity of going retired determination and winning our division, and mounting ourselves up for the postseason. And this is measurement No. 1, measurement No. 1 of galore steps to come.' 

Judge faces Rich Hill connected the mound time nighttime arsenic his pursuit for location tally no. 61 continues.

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