With a loss on Monday night, the New York Yankees would have found themselves in a nearly insurmountable 3-0 hole in the ALCS.
Unfortunately for the Houston Astros, Yankees slugger Aaron Judge sentenced them to a night of torture at his hands—both with him at the plate and roaming the minuscule Yankee Stadium outfield.
AARON JUDGE! WHAT A CATCH!
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“That was a great play. Off the bat with a short right field I didn’t know what the result was going to be,” said a thankful CC Sabathia of Judge’s catch. “For him to go all out and make that catch was unbelievable.”
Third baseman Todd Frazier noted: “He’ll go through a wall for you. That’s all you can ask for of a teammate.”
Judge wasn’t done.
In the bottom half of the inning, Judge gaveled a blast into the left field bleachers for a commanding eight-run lead.
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A half inning after that, he added another nifty grab, this time to rob Cameron Maybin.
The Yankees won 8-1.
“Judge did what Judge has done 50-plus times, which is hit the ball out of the ballpark when he gets a pitch to hit,” said Astros manager A.J. Hinch. “Big moment won by Judge. It was his night. He played defense tonight. He did a lot of things well for them. And really was a big difference in the game.”