The Yankees were floundering. Down 4-0 against Houston through six innings and facing a 3-1 deficit in the best-of-seven American League Division Championship, the Bronx Bombers needed a miracle.
Enter Aaron Judge, the new face of the Yankees, who couldnt hit water if he fell out of a boat in these playoffs. He was cutting more wind than a fat guy farting in a Checkers Drive-thru after consuming three orders of loaded fries.
As we previously mentioned,, whenever Judge did decide to get hot it would be to the Yankees benefit and the hits would be meaningful. The rookie who banged 52 homers in the regular season and captivated New York saved his best postseason performance for a game the Yankees desperately needed. Judge homered in the seventh inning to break the Yankees offensive ineptitude and pull them within 4-2.
Got one back! Aaron James Judge with a shot to Monument Park! ALL RISE. #MVP
The blast woke up a Yankees Stadium crowd that yawned through the first six innings as Yankee after Yankee failed to produce any offense.
Remember when people said Judge and Gary “weren’t clutch?” LOL. https://t.co/kw7NxGbhNS
Judge wasnt done. When he gets hot, the hits come in bunches and he blasted a double off the wall in the 8th inning to tie the ballgame, before Gary Sanchez blasted a two-run double to give the Yankees a 6-4 lead. It was the first four-run playoff deficit the Yankees overcame since Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS. Aroldis Chapman came in and did his job, shutting down a stunned Houston team in the ninth inning and totally changing the face of a series that saw the Yankees in a 2-0 hole entering Monday’s Game 3.
StartSpreadingTheNews, this series is TIED! Final: Yankees 6, Astros 4. https://t.co/nLN8uUZvKj
On Wednesday, the Yankees have a chance to take a 3-2 ALCS series lead back to Cleveland and they have the master technician Masahiro Tanaka on the mound. That baseball is a strange game. Houston had all of the momentum after silencing the Yankees in Games 1 and 2. Now the Yankees are the ones feeling themselves and totally confident that they can get the job done and advance to the World Series by at least winning one game in Houston.
Playing under the media microscope of New York city can be suffocating, demoralizing and extremely challenging even for a guy who hit 52 bombs as a rookie. The media – social and otherwise – is very judgemental and opinions change like the weather.
Fools were calling into local NY radio stations and suggesting that manager Joe Girardi move Judge down in the lineup or even consider benching him. Girardi hasn’t managed the Yankees to 10 straight winning seasons and a World Series Championship for nothing. Sticking with his big guns and believing in the guys who got the Yankees to this point proved to be the best strategy. Girardi and the Yankees have been here before — with their backs against the wall — with a different cast, but with the same expectations and same pressures.
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The series has now become a best-of-three and Aaron Judge, who proved he’s not just a Homer Derby King but also a clutch playoff power broker, is flaming at the perfect time. Houston pitchers beware.