Aaron Judge nearly had a home run during the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox game on Sunday night- until Jackie Bradley Jr. stepped up.
Another Aaron Judge homer?
Not on Jackie Bradley Jr.'s watch. pic.twitter.com/sFTMKkoPIa
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) July 17, 2017
With pitcher David Price on the mound, All-Star right fielder Aaron Judge hit what was sure to be a home run on the top of the eighth inning. The ball was headed toward the center field triangle, the deepest part of Fenway Park. However, the home run was gone when center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. made one of the most incredible catches of the year, and probably saved the game for the Red Sox.
This was the second game in a doubleheader, where the Yankees won the previous afternoon game 3-0. The Red Sox won the night game, where they also won 3-0. However, the Bradley Jr. catch will be talked about for weeks. Judge’s hit had a 94 percent home-run possibility when calculated. That means that Bradley Jr. only had a 6 percent chance of catching Judge’s ball.
Aaron Judge is also one of two MLB players to be robbed of multiple home runs this season. That doesn’t necessarily cause concern for the Yankees, that just means that Judge has been incredibly unlucky for those two times. He is still one of the frontrunners for the AL MVP, but the Red Sox keep making their case on being the top team in the AL East.
The catch from Bradley Jr. shows how good the Red Sox outfield has been this season. With fellow outfielders Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi, the defense for the Red Sox has been showing up as of late. And with pitchers like Chris Sale and David Price on the mound, the Red Sox should be a force to be reckoned with when the second half of the MLB season comes to full swing,