Giancarlo 3-Run Bomb Ties It; Judge 3-Run Bomb Wins It! NY 6 Toronto 5

Aaron Judge hit a 3-run, game-winning, walkoff homer with 1 out in the bottom of the 9th to erupt Yankee Stadium and give the Yanks the come-from-behind win over the Toronto Blue Jays on a Tuesday night in the Bronx. Earlier, in the 6th inning, Giancarlo Stanton had hit a 3-run homer to tie the game 3-3.

It was just like the Yankees planned it 4 years ago, when they traded for Stanton – hooking up the 6’7 NL MVP and monster homerun hitter with the 6’7 Judge – a similar homerun monster.

The Yankee comeback was fueled by a beanball earlier in the game — after the Giancarlo homerun, Toronto reliever Yimi Garcia hit the next batter Josh Donaldson with a pitch, and was tossed immediately by the ump, along with Toronto’s manager.

“They got off to an early lead, but when Josh got hit, it kind of locked all of us in,” said Aaron Judge afterwards. “When something like that happens, we said ok, we got to go out and win this one.”

1. Severino Gutsy Start

Luis Severino struggled with his control early in the game. He allowed a homerun to George Springer to Deep Left to start the game. In the 2nd, he allowed a leadoff single to Alejandro Kirk and a walk to Matt Chapman. Santiago Espinal doubled them both home and it was 3-0 with nobody out.

Severino was already at 60 pitches and appeared about to be knocked out of the game – but he waved off the pitching coach who was headed to the mound – and then proceeded to strike out George Springer, walk Bo Bichette, but get Vladimir Guerrero to ground out to end the inning.

Severino got better – pitched a 1-2-3 third inning to save his pitch count, and then strike out the side in the 4th. In the 5th, he got the first two batters before allowing a single to Guerrero and was lifted for reliever Miguel Castro. He was at 97 pitches.

Miguel Castro pitched filthy baseball – striking out 4 in the 1.1 innings he pitched.

2. Giancarlo Ties It with Short Porch Shot

But the Yanks were down 3-0 entering the 6th as Yusei Kikuchi was pitching a no hitter. DJ LeMahieu broke up the no hitter by leading off the 6th with a booming double to left. Aaron Judge hit a shot down 3rd that was played by Matt Chapman but Judge beat it out easily for a single. Anthony Rizzo flied out to deep center – and so Toronto changed pitchers. In came Yimi Garcia to pitch to Giancarlo Stanton.

Stanton Ripped a shot to opposite field right for a short porch 3-run homer and tie game, 3-3.

3. Green Coughs It Up

Jonathan Loaisiga pitched a shutout 7th but allowed a leadoff walk to Vladimir Guerrero in the 8th and ws relieved by Chad Green. Green struck out the first batter but then allowed a double down the line to Lordes Gurriel Jr – Vlad Guerrero Jr running full tilt on the get go and coming around to score — and Toronto had a 4-3 lead. Gurriel went to 3rd on the throw home and scored on a sac fly and just like that Toronto was back up, 5-3 – a seemingly insurmountable lead the way the Yanks had been no hit for so long in the game.

4. Judge Wins It with BOMB

And in the 9th, Toronto sent their ace Jordan Romano out. Isiah Kiner-Falefa struck out to lead off, but Jose Trevino worked a Huge walk.

DJ LeMahieu worked a walk. And with 2 on, and 1 out, Aaron Judge stepped up and hit a MOON SHOT to left for a 3-run, game-winning, Walkoff homerun – his first ever.

According to Katie Sharp, Judge became the 1st Yankee centerfielder to hit a walkoff homerun when the Yanks were trailing by multiple runs.

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