History will have to wait, but Aaron Judge and the Yankees still had an impressive night on Wednesday.
With a sellout crowd on hand to see Judge try to hit his next milestone homer, Judge merely doubled twice and scored twice, as the Yankees inched closer to clinching a playoff berth with a 14-2 win over the hapless Pirates, who lost their sixth straight game in New York.
Judge’s night ended in the bottom of the eighth, when lefty Eric Stout walked him on four pitches, much to the displeasure of the fans.
Next up are the Red Sox in Judge’s pursuit of No. 61.
But the Yankees got plenty of offense from Oswaldo Cabrera, who hit a grand slam in the first, and Gleyber Torres, who had two homers in the eighth.
Luis Severino pitched five strong innings in his return from a lat strain, and while Judge didn’t hit one out, the Yankees didn’t need it.
Cabrera’s slam came after Giancarlo Stanton ended Tuesday’s win with a walk-off grand slam.
After Severino pitched out of trouble in the top of the first, Judge opened the bottom of the inning with a double to left and advanced to third on a wild pitch.
Torres walked with one out and Stanton drew a two-out walk to bring up Cabrera, who hit one into the right field seats for a 4-0 lead against former Yankee prospect Roansy Contreras, part of the package given up for Jameson Taillon.
In Severino’s first start since July 13, he didn’t give up a hit until Rodolfo Castro singled with one out in the fourth.
Ben Gamel followed Castro’s single in the fourth with a flare hit to center to put runners on the corners, and Ke’Bryan Hayes’ sacrifice fly made it 4-1.
Severino ended up allowing just the one run in five innings, removed after 65 pitches, with plenty of time to be built up for the playoffs.
“We know when he’s going he’s a difference-maker,’’ manager Aaron Boone said before the game.
Cabrera’s first-inning blast ended much of the drama regarding the outcome of the game, but not when it came to Judge, who hit leadoff again.
Judge hit his second double of the night with one out in the bottom of the fifth — leading to a disappointed reaction from the Yankee Stadium crowd that paid only to see home runs.
He scored on Torres’ two-out single, and Josh Donaldson followed with a double to right-center to drive in Torres for a 6-1 lead.
Judge ended the night still leading the American League in batting average at .317, as he also goes after the Triple Crown.
Lucas Luetge gave up a two-out triple to Castro in the sixth and an RBI single to Hayes, but was otherwise effective.