The combination of Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton did their thing, but it wasn’t enough to power the New York Yankees to a win in the American League Wildcard Game.
The 37-foot high Green Monster proved to be Stanton’s worst enemy last night as just 15 feet came between him and a three-homer game that would have entirely flipped the script in the one-game, play-in against Boston, a 6-2 loss to the Red Sox at Fenway Park.
The Yankees’ season is over.
The Yankees radio call was juuuuuuuust a bit off on this one pic.twitter.com/IdSTbYUH7N
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) October 6, 2021
In his first at bat, everyone tuned in, including Stanton himself who broke into a home run trot thinking he had gotten one to the seats. Instead, it was just a loud two-out single and Stanton would end up not scoring in the first inning.
Aaron Judge turns on the burners for an infield single! pic.twitter.com/ryekTHims8
— Talkin' Yanks (@TalkinYanks) October 6, 2021
Stanton’s third at-bat in the game is going to be the talk of the town for a long time.
There was one hit out in the six inning which would have been a home run in 11 of the 30 Major League ballparks off the top of the Monster.
Judge, who legged out a one-out single to get to first, was thrown out at home on the play after a little confusion between him and his third base coach.
Giancarlo Stanton has missed two home runs over the Green Monster by about 15 combined feet tonight. pic.twitter.com/OL4f8fKeCY
— Ethan Budowsky (@ethanbudowsky) October 6, 2021
Judge had previously homered in three winner-take-all postseason games during his career which is tied for the most all-time, but he failed to hit one Monday, going just 1-for-4.
Judge ends his All-Star season with 39 home runs, a .287 batting average, .916 OPS and leading the league in average Exit Velocity.
He’s closing in on contract time as he’s entering arbitration this off-season and then becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2023. He and Stanton were the Yankees’ entire offense and they need to cash him out now while adding other pieces around them.
Stanton had his best season since he won the 2017 National League MVP and gave a curtain call with a home run in the ninth inning to close out his 3-for-4 night.
He ends the season with 35 bombs, a .273 average and 97 RBI.