- Judge received a curtain call from the fans in attendance after the achievement
- No Yankees slugger before him had hit three-homers twice in a single season
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Aaron Judge has etched his name into the New York Yankees history books by becoming the first ever player to hit three home runs twice in a single season.
Judge was at his brilliant best as the Yankees sealed a 7-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night, first hitting a three-run homer in the third inning and then a two-run shot in the fifth off rookie starter Brandon Pfaadt.
It was in the seventh when New York’s star slugger made history, adding his record third homer of the night by reaching the second deck in right field with a solo drive off Slade Cecconi.
No Yankees slugger before him had ever managed to pull it off twice in the same season, earning Judge a special place in the franchise’s history.
After rounding the bases, the reigning AL MVP was even afforded a curtain call as he received a standing ovation from fans inside Yankee Stadium.
Aaron Judge etched his name into the New York Yankees history books on Friday night
Judge has become the first ever Yankees player to hit three home runs twice in a single season
His record-breaking feat helped the Yankees claim a 7-1 victory over the Diamondbacks
Judge also doubled during his second career three-homer game – both coming within the past month. He also went deep three times at home against Washington on August 23 to help the Yankees stop their first nine-game losing streak since 1982.
His first homer gave New York a 3-0 lead. Two batters after Pfaadt committed an error by misplaying Oswald Peraza´s soft comebacker, Judge lifted a first-pitch sinker into the Yankees’ bullpen in right-center. His two-run drive to right-center in the fifth made it 6-0.
Judge is hitting .267 with 35 homers and 70 RBIs in 100 games this season. It was his eighth career four-hit game and fourth game with at least six RBIs.
He also missed nearly eight weeks after spraining his right big toe on June 3 at Dodger Stadium before returning to the lineup on July 28.
The five-time All-Star hit 62 home runs last season, breaking the previous American League record of 61 set by former Yankees slugger Roger Maris in 1961.
Meanwhile, the Diamondbacks (81-73) saw their five-game winning streak stopped, and their lead over the Cubs reduced to one game for the second of three National League wild card spots.
Trying to avoid their first losing season since going 76-86 in 1992 during Buck Showalter’s first season as manager, the Yankees moved two games over .500 to 78-76.
After rounding the bases, the reigning AL MVP was even afforded a curtain call on the night
In his second start since being claimed off waivers from Seattle on September 14, Luke Weaver (3-5) allowed four hits in 5 1/3 innings for his first win since July 3 with Cincinnati.
Jhony Brito allowed Christian Walker’s 31st homer and pitched 3 2/3 innings for his first career save.
Pfaadt allowed six runs (five earned) and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings with eight strikeouts.
Arizona is set to return to Yankee Stadium for the second game of the series on Sunday afternoon.