After failing to get a hit against Houston pitching all day on Saturday, and for three-quarters of Sunday’s matinee in the Bronx, many were left wondering where did that Yankees offense, which had played a vital role in the Yankees 52-win start to the season disappear to?
Late Sunday, they woke up in a big way, as the Bombers delivered another nail biting victory over their closest competition in the American League right now, the Houston Astros by a score of 6-3 in ten innings.
For six-and-a-half innings the Astros clung to a 2-0 lead as Jose Urquidy was flirting with a no-hitter himself. Then all of sudden in the bottom of the seventh Giancarlo Stanton got into one and cracked it over the center field wall to cut the Astros lead down to 2-1.
An inning later in the eighth it was the D.J. LeMahieu show as the All Star infielder tied the game on a long two-run home run to left bringing life back into the confines of Yankee Stadium.
The Astros had to know they were finished.
After Clay Holmes and Michael King pitched masterfully in relief in the ninth and tenth innings respectively, the Yankees took full advantage in the bottom half. With Isiah-Kiner Falefa on second, Matt Carpenter was walked intentionally in front of LeMahieu, who struck out. With two runners aboard and one out, it was all on the shoulders of the Yankees $19 million man: Aaron Judge.
And boy did Judge deliver with a three-run homer to left-center sending the Yankees to thrilling 6-3 victory.
‘Pay the man his money!’ fans must be thinking right about now.