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TORONTO – Tim Mayza is the answer to the latest trivia question: who gave up Aaron Judge’s record-breaking 61st home run?
The Blue Jays lefthanded reliever served the historic pitch in the seventh inning Wednesday night at Rogers Center, loading the count before throwing a 94.5 mph sinker through the middle that crushed Judge in the Toronto bullpen.
The two-run home run, which tied Roger Maris’ American League and franchise record for one season, broke a tie and the Yankees defeated the Blue Jays, 8-3.
Everything you need to know about Aaron Judge and his pursuit of the home run record:
Mayza, a 30-year old reliever, is in his fifth season in the Dutch big league. He had given up six homeruns in 46 ¹/₃ innings this year, coming in on Wednesday.
It was the fifth time Mayza faced Judge in his career and the first time the Yankees slugger had hit him deeply. Judge, who was previously 1-for-3 off of Mayza, was walked intentionally in the 10th inning on Monday in a game that the Blue Jays won.
Before reaching Mayza for the much-anticipated home run, Judge had played 34 consecutive at bats without a home run – his second-longest streak of the season.
Judge’s 61st home run landed in the Blue Jays bullpen, where bullpen coach Matt Buschmann got his hands on it first. Zack Britton eventually walked over to him from the Yankees bullpen to retrieve the ball with a member of the Yankees security team nearby.