No. 61 eludes Judge in hitless day vs. Boston

NEW YORK — Late afternoon shadows encroached as Aaron Judge glared toward the mound on Saturday, his eyes trained upon the 6-foot-2 figure of Red Sox reliever John Schreiber, still fully bathed in sunlight. It was, as Derek Jeter often remarked, the worst time of day to carry a bat to home plate at Yankee Stadium.

Yet that was the assignment for Judge, the score tied in what would eventually be a 7-5 Yankees win. More than 47,000 fans stood, hoping once more that their tickets were good for history. Schreiber fired a fastball high and away; Judge believed he checked his swing, but a final decision went to first-base umpire Chris Conroy, who pumped his right fist to indicate that Judge had gone too far.

Judge barked as he returned to the dugout, gesturing toward Conroy with his left hand. It marked the first indication that Judge’s home run chase is prompting a sliver of frustration; certainly, it was Judge’s first such outburst since slugging his 60th home run in that magical ninth-inning comeback Tuesday against the Pirates.

“Every at-bat, everyone on their feet, the noise — I think it’s good,” said Anthony Rizzo, who followed that Judge strikeout with a go-ahead, two-run homer. “I think he thrives off that. It’s just going to get louder as we go deeper and start the playoffs [all the way] into October.”

With the media spotlight focused on Judge’s at-bats (even nationally-televised…

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