Yankees’ Aaron Judge reacts to incredible start against Astros
NEW YORK – Aaron Judge has stopped running. He hadn’t realized that he had to continue all around the bases if he wanted to celebrate his last heroic deeds.
Judge’s three-run homer in the 10th inning of a 6-3 win over the Astros on Sunday was his second series winner.
He also hit a drop-in single on Thursday night. The Yankees shared the four-game series with the Astros. Judge has finished it for the Yankees with every win.
“That’s what this is about,” Judge told YES Network’s Meredith Marakovits on the pitch after the game. “These fans stayed with us the whole game, even after the loss on (Saturday) night.”
Manager Aaron Boone dismissed Judge after the win.
“I told him I had to stop taking him for granted again,” Boone said.
The judge crushed a 0-1 break ball from Seth Martinez that was over the plate but low. He landed on the field wall at left center and tagged in ghost runner Aaron Hicks and designated hitter Matt Carpenter, who had been intentionally stepped on just before Judge came up to the plate.
The Yankees were down 3-0 after the fourth inning and fought back with a Giancarlo Stanton solo shot that ended the Yankees’ 16 1/3 inning no-hitter streak. The Yankees went 0 for 52 over time. Three Astros combined to throw a no-hitter against the Yankees on Saturday.
Boone explained what surprised him so much about Judge’s outburst.
“What amazed me was how easily he swung,” Boone said. “It’s like he was just trying to touch the ball and with his power he was able to get it out.”
Judge’s walk-off was his third of the year, the most by a Yankees player since Melky Cabrera had three walk-offs in 2009. It was also his 28th home run of the season — the most in the major leagues. No other player entered Sunday with more than 22 homers. The Yankees are 18-4 in games that judge home runs this season.
“Just try to put something in the air,” Judge said of his approach. “(Martinez) works a good mix of two seams/sliders. Just try to get something up in the air, run it. The game was on the line.”
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