Hicks 3-Run Bomb Gears Incredible 9th Inning Comeback! NY 7 Houston 6

The Yankees were dead in the water, down 6-3 in the 9th to the Houston Astros when Aaron Hicks hit a 3-run BOMB to right for a 6-6 tie game, erupting Yankee Stadium into a frenzy. Two walks later, Aaron Judge Ripped a line drive into the left field corner for the Game Winning, Walk-Off RBI single to complete the incredible comeback.

On a Thursday night in the Bronx.

Even Yankee troll and Red Sox fan Jared Carrabis had to admit, “The Yankees might be good” just after Hicks moon shot tied the game.

“It feels amazing,’ said Aaron Hicks afterwards. “When you make contact with the ball and you don’t even feel it; you just know you flushed it well, especially in a situation like that. Having 2 guys in front of me who got on base for me and to come up big and tie the game right there was huge.”

1. A Game of 3-Run Homers

It was a game of 3-run homers:

And that’s where the score sat until the 9th, when Hicks hit the 3-run bomb to tie it.

2. Taillon Good After the Homers

Jameson Taillon didn’t have the best of nights, obviously — allowing two 3-run homers early and putting the Yanks in a 3-0 hole and then a 6-3 hole after they dug out of the first hole.

But at least he gave them some length, pitching into the 6th — he finished with 5.1 innings, 10 hits, 6 runs, raising his ERA to 3.19.

The game had just started when Taillon hit Jose Altuve with a pitch, which brought raucous cheers by the Huge Yankee Stadium turnout — who were giving Altuve the loudest boos maybe ever recorded as he stepped up to the plate. But then a single by Michael Brantley and the homer by Bregman to right gave Houston the last laugh — of the inning.

3. Giancarlo 3-Run Bomb Ties It

The Yanks came right back against Framber Valdez in the bottom of the 1st — DJ LeMahieu led off with a walk, Aaron Judge singled, and after a groundout by Anthony Rizzo, Giancarlo Stanton rocketed an opposite field missile to the second deck in right for a 3-3 tie.

4. Houston Jumps Back On Top 6-3

Taillon pitched a 1-2-3 second inning so things were looking ok. He got help from Joey Gallo who made a terrific catch in right.

But in the 3rd, Altuve led off with a single, Bregman singled, and Alvarez hit a line drive that just made it over the wall in right for the 6-3 lead.

5. Abreu a Hero of Middle Inning Relief

And that’s where the score sat for the rest of the game until the 9th. Manager Aaron Boone used secondary relievers to keep the Astros at bay — including recently reacquired Albert Abreu, who pitched the 8th. Abreu allowed a leadoff double, then a walk — but got a foul out and double play to end the inning.

Lucas Leutge relieved Taillon in the 6th and pitched a shutout 7th for 1.1 shutout innings, and Miguel Castro pitched a shutout 9th.

6. The Incredible Comeback in the 9th

And then to the bottom of the 9th — Yanks down 6-3 and looking dead as Astros ace reliever Ryan Pressly took the mound.

But Pressly walked Giancarlo Stanton to lead off the inning, and he walked next batter Gleyber Torres.

Aaron Hicks batting lefty, took two strikes, fouled off a pitch, took a ball to work the count 1-2, and then hit a Moon Shot to right for the 6-6 tie and Yankee Stadium eruption.

Jose Trevino followed with a single and Pressly was gone — replaced by Ryne Stanek. He struck out Joey Gallo on 3 pitches but DJ LeMahieu worked a HUGE walk — to put the winning run in scoring position at 2nd, and up stepped Aaron Judge.

The count went 3-0 — and it looked like Stanek was deliberately giving Judge nothing to hit to psedo walk him — but Judge ripped pitch #4 — an 88-MPH splitter that found the strike zone — to right for the walk-off RBI!


After the Judge game-winner, Carrabis turned himself in on Bad Takes Exposed:

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