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Yankees 1, Blue Jays 8: Aaron Judge inches closer to rookie record in otherwise forgettable game

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Masahiro Tanaka was bad, but Aaron Judge was good.

New York Yankees v Toronto Blue Jays Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images

As he has been many times this season, Aaron Judge was the star of the Yankees’ show. Pretty much everything else was a game to forget, as Masahiro Tanaka turned in a poor performance. Clinching a postseason spot will have to wait at least another day, regardless of what Texas and Los Angeles do later tonight.

The game got started well enough with Judge absolutely clobbering his 46th homer of the season. It was a screaming liner into the third deck of Rogers Centre at 469 feet. The blast was the second-longest of his career, and pulled him to within three dingers of Mark McGuire’s rookie record.

Judge’s teammates were not so successful against Marco Estrada. Judge doubled and walked twice, but the rest of the Yankees combined for just one hit: a double by Todd Frazier. Both Todd and Clint Frazier chipped in a walk on the box score, but that was all the offense the Yankees could muster.

Tanaka surrendered eight runs (seven earned) across 5.2 innings. He walked three and struck out six. The big blow came in the form of a grand slam off the bat of Ryan Goins. Russell Martin and Teoscar Hernandez also took Tanaka deep, pulling him closer to the lead for home runs surrendered this year.

Tommy Kahnle, Jonathan Holder, and Giovanny Gallegos were all able to keep the Blue Jays off the board in relief of Tanaka, but the score was already settled. The Yankees weren’t able to even really threaten any kind of comeback.

As of writing this, the Red Sox are leading the Cincinnati Reds 5-4 in the top of the ninth on the road. The Reds got off to a big lead briefly, thanks to a Scooter Gennett grand slam off Rick Porcello, but Rafael Devers put Boston back on top with a blast of his own. That’s no good for the Yankees’ pursuit of the AL East, obviously.

New York will try to bounce back from this disappointment tomorrow afternoon with Sonny Gray on the mound. Maybe his normal offense was just a day off schedule and they’ll actually score for him tomorrow?