Aaron Judge re-cases, removes New York Yankees from Houston Astros on eve of arbitration hearing

Aaron Judge re-cases, removes New York Yankees from Houston Astros on eve of arbitration hearing

NEW YORK – Aaron Judge lined up a game-winning singles on the eve of his arbitration performance, which included a four-run ninth inning that included tying Aaron Hicks, a three-run homer near Ryan Pressley at the New York Yankees 7- 6 wins over the Houston Astros on Thursday night.

Batting with two against René Stanek, Judge smoked a 3-0 splitter in the left-field corner to score Jose Trevino from second base. It was the Yankees’ ninth walk-off win in 70 games this season—their most since 1943—and when they entered the final inning with only two hits, it was unlikely.

New York began a highly anticipated four-game series between the top two teams in the American League, winning 22 games for the 19th time and improving to 52–18—the third-best 70-game start in the Majors since 1930.

New York also extended their home winning streak to 15 games, the team’s longest series since 1961.

The Yankees entered Thursday tied for the major league lead with 20 comeback wins. Number 21 may be the most memorable.

Giancarlo Stanton, who hit a three-run homer in the first inning, took a ninth-place lead with a walk against Pressley, and Gleber Torres drew another during a plate appearance that included a lengthy delay as Torres had an eye. There was something.

Switch-hitting Hicks then dug in from the left and without a doubt crushed the right, just the third hit for the Yankees all night and the first since Stanton’s homer. It was Hicks’ third homer of the season.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa followed with hit number 4, an infield single was intercepted by diving by shortstop Mauricio Dubon, but was then thrown out in an attempt to steal the second – a close call was retained via replay. .

Trevino then lined up a singles, prompting manager Dusty Baker to pull Pressley (1–2). Trevino extended a two-run homer in the eighth inning of a 5-4 win at Tampa Bay on Wednesday night.

Pressley, a two-time All-Star, made 18 career appearances against the Yankees, including the postseason, with an ERA of 5.71.

Stanek walks DJ Lemahieu, then the judge goes 3-0 down as fans chant “MVP!” to the slugger. mantra.

“I knew I was about to get the job done,” Judge said after the third walk-off hit of his career and second this season. “That’s when the game is at its best, moments like that. The crowd is on their feet, the game is on the line. Those are the moments in your backyard you dream about.”

Miguel Castro (4-0) won.

Next up: An unusual in-season arbitration hearing on Friday – the rules are usually made in the off-season, but were pushed before Opening Day due to the sport’s labor lockdown. The judges are seeking a $21 million salary, while New York has offered $1.7 million before reaching free agency in its final season.

The judge said earlier this week that he was looking forward to the hearing. It’s easy to see why.

He is leading the majors with 27 home runs and is fifth with 53 RBIs.

Astros’ Alex Bregman and Stanton exchanged three-run homers in the first innings, and Houston’s Jordan Alvarez broke another three-run drive against Yankees starter Jameson Talon in the third.

Framber Valdez stabilized himself after a rocky first inning, three hits from Jose Altuve and right fielder Kyle Tucker robbed a potential homer for Houston in the eighth inning, but a rare one for the leading bullpen of the Astros Major. Fell 43-26 in Down Night. ,

Stanton became the first player this season to be knocked out of Valdez’s elite curveball, and the left-hander was thrown off his best pitch after that – to great results. With a heavy dose of sinkers, Valdez scored seven runs in six innings, making just three runs from two hits in the first innings.

Valdez looked primed to go deep into the game, until Anthony Rizzo made a 16-pitch walk in the sixth inning. Valdez was pulled after 101 pitches.

Hector Neris finished seventh, and Tucker helped Rafael Monteiro move to eighth. After the judge reached the error of third baseman Bregman, Rizzo smoked what he thought a two-run homer was right. With Rizzo jogging first, Tucker jumps into the wall and catches a line drive for the third out.

Talon allowed a season-high six, interrupting a stellar first half after years of being interrupted by health problems. Houston made 10 hits in his 5⅔ innings against the right-handed batsman.

Fans furious for the renewal of a blossoming baseball rivalry—Houston has eliminated the Yankees from three postseasons since 2015, including during its scandal-tainted 2017 World Series run.

Bronx fans rejoiced when Talon knocked Altuve out of the game, but they sank back to their seats when Bregman drove his homer later into left field. The silence ended when Stanton countered with his drive at the bottom of the inning.

Alvarez, a two-time homebody against the Mets on Wednesday night, made a low line drive of 113 mph in the short right-field porch of Yankee Stadium in third. Alvarez’s 22 homers are only behind Judge’s 27 for the major league lead.

Associated Press information was used in this report.

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