The Texas Rangers set up a game plan for how they would pitch to Aaron Judge, and they followed through on it.
Judge just did what he has done often this season.
The New York Yankees star hit his 62nd homer of the season Tuesday night, blasting a Jesus Tinoco first-inning offering into the left field seats. With the dinger, Judge set the record for most home runs in American League history, passing Roger Maris.
Going into the series, the Rangers – who long have been eliminated from postseason contention – made clear that they did not plan to pitch around or intentionally walk Judge. During his weekly appearance on “The K&C Masterpiece”, Rangers interim manager Tony Beasley said he was happy with how his pitching staff handled Judge.
“That was our plan going into it. We were not going to pitch around him, we weren’t going to intentionally walk him. We were going to execute a game plan and try to get him out. For the most part, we’ve had success doing that,” Beasley said. “Yesterday Tinoco just missed that one, got a little more middle than he would’ve liked for it to get, and Judge did what he’s been doing a lot this year.
“We definitely attacked, I’m proud of how we went after him, we didn’t back down, we didn’t shy away. The guy isn’t just hitting homers, he’s hitting for high average and obviously has a ton of RBIs as well. He’s been complete at the plate, so for us to be able to handle him the way we have this series, I was pleased with that.”
Judge is not in the lineup for Game 162 on Wednesday. So, barring a pinch-hitting opportunity, the Rangers likely have seen the last of Judge for the season.