Aaron Judge, Yankees roar back in 9th to stun Astros in ‘pretty special game for June’ | Rapid reaction



New York – Yankee Stadium was near full Thursday night and there were plenty of boos from the 44,000 strong, and not just after Joey Gallo’s three strikes. The Houston Astros are in town for their annual visit, and like last year, a lot of the hate was channeled in Jose Altoff’s way, some with corny chant.

Yankees fans still think their team was cheated in 2017 and possibly 2019 as well.

The Astros weren’t upset… until it was time to put the Yankees to bed.

That’s when the Yankees did what they’ve been doing a lot this season and stole the game.

The Yankees were three times ahead for most of the game, then came back in the ninth to equalize Homer in three games by Aaron Hicks and win 7-6 in the first leg from Aaron Judge.

“It was a very special match for June,” Yankees coach Aaron Boone said.

In his final game before Friday’s judging hearing, the judge once again showed he’s worth $21 million instead of $17 million by adding his best player numbers with a left-footed streak on the field 3-0 that Jose Trevino scored from second base.

After Homer Hicks picked Jose Trevino by one, DJ LeMahieu walked two teams and Judge climbed again to give the Yankees their ninth win of the season, most of them in a major.

The Astros threw the first punches, the Yankees responded immediately and then Houston delivered another big punch that was almost a knockout punch.

The Yankees trailed 6-3 from the third inning to the ninth when Aaron Hicks hit Homer to tie. The Astros closer to Ryan Presley walked the first two hitters, Stanton and Jaliber Torres, before Hicks fired Homer to the right to make the score 6-6.

“We don’t like to lose,” Hicks said. “We are a team that will keep fighting until the end. Until the last exit is made, we think we have a chance.”

This was by far the worst start to the season for Jameson Tellon, who was hit hard throughout 5 2/3-inning, six runs.

Altuff was drilled over the left elbow in Tylon’s second court of the night, and it led to three quick runs when Michael Brantley followed it up with a one-stroke right and Alex Bregman popped a hanging slider in the left field benches to advance 3-0.

It only took the Yankees four players to get that back at the bottom of the game. Astros left-hander Framber Valdez walked four pitches, Aaron Judge lined up single-handedly to the left and two hitters later Giancarlo Stanton collided with a towering homer in the opposite direction to the right to tie things up.

Yankees fans loved it, but the Astros made it to Taillon again in third. This time, Altuve hit a one-hit to the center, Bregman singled out the bowler with a one-hit and clean-up hitter Yordan Alvarez literally did his job to line up Homer to the right for a 6-3 Astros.

There was still a lot of play left, but the Yankees didn’t do anything offensive from start to nine. They were only able to handle two key players in the extension, in fact, although Anthony Rizzo stole from the extra bases in game eight when his solo blast and second to the right was amazingly caught. Right player Kyle Tucker introduced the match with a wall jump. If these engines turn into additional bases, it’s a two-run game where Stanton comes to the board that is the connecting path.

“I thought we were really good at bats there in the eighth inning as Tucker played incredibly on Rizzo,” Boone said. “And obviously then in the ninth round, just some great trumps and what a big swing by Aaron, Hicks and Judge.”

NB

– Altuve had a big night as it was a 3-for-4 hit on the court, scoring two doubles and two runs.

– Newly reacquired Albert Abreu was added to the Yankees’ 26-man roster before the game and he worked in the eighth inning without a goal. Pitcher Clarke Schmidt was selected to Triple-A to free up a place for Abreu.

– Era Taillon Era increased from 2.70 to 3.19.

I look ahead Friday: Astros at Yankees, 7:05 p.m., Amazon Prime. RHP Justin Verlander (8-3, 2.30) vs. RHP Luis Severino (4-1, 3.27).

Saturday: Astros at Yankees, 1:05 p.m., YES Network & MLB Network. RHB Christian Javier (4-3, 3.07) vs RHB Gerrit Cole (6-1, 3.14).

Sunday: Astros at Yankees, 1:35 p.m., YES Network & MLB Network. RHP Jose Urquidy (6-3, 4.68) vs. LHP Nestor Cortes (6-3, 2.31).

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Randy Miller can be reached in [email protected].

I look ahead

Friday: Astros at Yankees, 7:05 p.m., Amazon Prime. RHP Justin Verlander (8-3, 2.30) vs. RHP Luis Severino (4-1, 3.27).

Saturday: Astros at Yankees, 1:05 p.m., YES Network & MLB Network. RHB Christian Javier (4-3, 3.07) vs RHB Gerrit Cole (6-1, 3.14).

Sunday: Astros at Yankees, 1:35 p.m., YES Network & MLB Network. RHP Jose Urquidy (6-3, 4.68) vs. LHP Nestor Cortes (6-3, 2.31).

Thank you for counting on us to provide journalism you can trust. Please consider supporting us by subscribing.

Randy Miller can be reached in [email protected].

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