This weekend’s Astros-Yankees series had all the ups, downs and twist endings audiences could handle. And when baseball’s award season arrives, bet on critics taking a hard look at Aaron Judge’s leading role.
“I told him I have to quit taking him for granted,” manager Aaron Boone said.
Judge drove a three-run homer in the 10th inning for his second walk-off hit against the Astros in four days, and New York recovered after nearly being no-hit for the second consecutive game to beat Houston 6-3 Sunday.
“These guys, they never waver,” Judge said. “They stick to their plan, stick to their approach and continue to grind it out. And then Big G hit one about 120 to center, so it was all good.”
Just like on Thursday, when he broke a 6-all tie with a single in the ninth, Judge lifted the major league-leading Yankees. His 112 mph rocket to left-center on a slider landed in the visiting bullpen for his big league-high 28th home run.
With their 10th walkoff win this year — and third from Judge — the Yankees improved to 53-20 and matched the third-best 73-game start in the majors since 1930, trailing only the 2001 Mariners and 1998 Yankees.
PIX11’s Marc Malusis has more on Judge for Moose on the Loose. Watch in the video above.