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Aaron Judge’s walk-off homer gives Yankees 6-3 win over Astros as Bombers bats finally show up

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The Yankees were no-hit on Saturday, and they didn’ t get their first hit on Sunday until the seventh inning, when a fed up Giancarlo Stanton turned a middle-middle fastball into his 17th homer of the year. Those struggles were all easily forgotten when Aaron Judge laced a walk-off homer into the Astros’ bullpen, his second walk-off hit of the contentious series.
It nearly happened again. The Yankees were no-hit on Saturday, and they didn’t get their first hit on Sunday until the seventh inning, when a fed up Giancarlo Stanton turned a middle-middle fastball into his 17th homer of the year. Those struggles were all easily forgotten when Aaron Judge laced a walk-off homer into the Astros’ bullpen, his second walk-off hit of the contentious series.
“You feel it pre-pitch, walking up to the plate,” Judge said of meeting the moment in big spots. “They’re playing the walk-up song and the crowd is getting crazy. But once you get in the box, dig in and take a deep breath, it doesn’t go silent. But you lock it in.”
The second straight inept offensive performance from the Yankees became a 6-3 win, one for the end-of-season montage. DJ LeMahieu came through with his own four bagger to tie the game at 3-3 in the eighth inning. The ninth inning cast a darkness over the stadium when Gleyber Torres crumpled to the ground with a very serious-looking leg injury, one Aaron Boone said afterward was a “mild ankle sprain”, but a walkoff has a way of reversing those feelings.
“I’ve been saying it for years,” Judge reminded. “It doesn’t matter what the score is or what happened the night before. Any time we get up there, we got a chance to win the ball game.”
How a team on pace to break Major League Baseball’s single-season win record can look this bad at the plate two games in a row is astonishing. The Astros are obviously a great team — and stand in a class far above the rest of the American League in terms of staunchest competitors for the Yankees — but the display at Yankee Stadium over the last 48 hours was fairly embarrassing.

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