Biased boos fail to save Brewers from Aaron Judge’s fury, Yankees’ fire

Yankees' Aaron Judge rounds the bases after hitting a home run against the Brewers at American Family Field on April 28, 2024.
John Allen
Monday April 29, 2024

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Despite boos by Brewers fans raining down on him, Aaron Judge stood like a giant rock guiding the Yankees’ historic offensive onslaught on Sunday. This insult to their captain only furthered the Yankees to go on a rampage, including a seven-run sixth inning.

During the Yankees’ runaway 15-5 victory over the Brewers at American Family Field, a deflected throw off Aaron Judge’s glove while sliding into second base disrupted a potential double play, drawing loud boos from the Brewers faithful. When he stepped up for his second at-bat later in the inning, Aaron Judge faced another wave of boos.

This time, however, he responded with a clutch two-run single, sparking a massive seven-run rally for the Yankees. This offensive explosion transformed a tied game (4-4) into a commanding 11-4 lead and proved to be the turning point in the Yankees’ dominant win.

Aaron Judge’s contribution went beyond his key hit. His slide, deemed controversial by some, became a major talking point. The deflected throw halted a potential double play, effectively giving the Yankees a crucial extra out. This sequence of events seemed to ignite the Yankees’ offense, leading to their decisive outburst in the sixth inning.

Aaron Judge is clean and clear

Following the game, Aaron Judge downplayed the controversy surrounding his slide. “That’s never happened before in my life,” he explained. “I’ve been sliding like that for years.” Whether intentional or not, the play undoubtedly impacted the game’s momentum, giving the Yankees a valuable opportunity they capitalized on.

With the game tied at 4-4, Alex Verdugo hit a ground ball that appeared to be a potential double play. As Aaron Judge slid into second base with his left hand raised high, Milwaukee shortstop Willy Adames fired a throw that deflected off Judge’s hand and skipped away, allowing Verdugo to reach first safely.

Brewers manager Pat Murphy vehemently argued for an interference call, believing Aaron Judge’s slide impeded Adames’ throw. However, the umpires on the field disagreed and the play continued. Later, crew chief Andy Fletcher acknowledged a missed call upon video review. While admitting Aaron Judge’s raised hand wasn’t a natural part of the slide, he explained that this specific play isn’t subject to review according to MLB rules.

A relay throw from Brewers shortstop Willy Adames struck Aaron Judge's hand at 2B causing controversy at American Family Field on April 28, 2024.

While the official call stood, the play itself sparked a shift in momentum. Despite suspecting Aaron Judge might have deliberately obstructed the play, Murphy acknowledged the difficulty of pinpointing the intent.  

Following Giancarlo Stanton‘s subsequent pop-out, the Yankees capitalized on the extra out with a relentless offensive attack. They sent eleven batters to the plate in the inning, completely changing the complexion of the game.

Gleyber Torres broke the tie with a clutch RBI single to center field. This was followed by a two-run single from Jose Trevino and another RBI from Juan Soto, propelling the Yankees to a commanding 11-4 lead. This offensive outburst proved to be the turning point, as the Yankees cruised to a convincing victory.

Yankees go on a rampage

New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge celebrates after hitting a two-run home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Saturday, April 27, 2024, in Milwaukee.
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A fired-up Aaron Judge silenced a chorus of boos from the 35,295-strong Milwaukee crowd with a key two-run single in the sixth inning, solidifying the Yankees’ dominant 15-5 victory. This clutch hit capped off an impressive day for the slugger, who went 3-for-4 at the plate, extending his hot streak. He’s now hitting a scorching .348 (8-for-23) with three home runs and seven RBIs in his last six games.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone is clearly seeing the results he wants, stating, “He’s getting some more good swings off.”

The Yankees captain was initially concerned about a potential injury after a strong throw from Willy Adames, but downplayed the incident later. He claimed he was “shocked” by the impact but insisted his sliding technique is consistent. Aaron Judge questioned why there wasn’t enough space for Adames to throw around him, emphasizing his focus on executing a proper slide.

Adames, on the other hand, acknowledged the challenge presented by AaronJudge’s imposing stature (around seven feet tall) and his raised hands during the slide. This, according to Adames, makes it difficult for fielders to find a throwing lane.

Aaron Judge’s impact went beyond the controversial play. He set the tone early with a first-inning home run, his third in the last five games. This towering 441-foot blast off Brewers starter Tobias Myers showcased the pure power Judge brings to the plate.

Overall, the Yankees continued their offensive dominance. Aaron Judge’s hot streak and clutch hitting were just a part of the team’s success story. They capitalized on the momentum shift after the incident and rode it to a convincing victory.

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