Judge’s 3rd walk-off HR of year lifts Yanks over Royals 1-0

by | Jul 29, 2022 | Sports

NEW YORK — Aaron Judge is turning walk-off home runs into a routine.Judge hit his major league-leading 39th home run for his third walk-off long ball this season, lifting the New York Yankees over the Kansas City Royals 1-0 Thursday night.New York was held to one hit before Judge drove a first-pitch fastball from Scott Barlow (4-3) into the Kansas City bullpen with one out in the ninth, a 431-foot drive.“I just try not to think too much in those situations,” Judge said.Judge sent the crowd of 43,836 into a frenzy, joining Mickey Mantle as the only Yankees with three walk-off home runs in one season. Tommy Henrich had two in 1949 plus another off Brooklyn’s Don Newcombe in the World Series opener.“I just got done watching the video and it just leaked right back middle,” Barlow said. “It’s what he hits really well.”Judge had never hit a big league walk-off homer before May 10 against Toronto’s Jordan Romano, then hit another on June 26 off Houston’s Seth Martinez. He became the first Yankee with four walk-off hits of any kind in one season since Claudell Washington in 1988.“It doesn’t cease to amaze the season he’s putting together. Barlow’s obviously really tough,” Yankees manager …

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