Aaron Judge Spectacular! Gleyber Walkoff Sac Fly Wins It! NY 3 Angels 2

Aaron Judge robbed Shohei Ohtani of a homerun by leaping over the centerfield wall in the 1st, then blasted a 2-run homer of his own in the bottom of the 1st, then made a spectacular diving catch in the 8th to rob the Angels of a go-ahead run and a rally.

Even Red Sox fan and Yankee nemesis reporter Jared Carrabis was left to wax poetic, “Aaron Judge robbing homers and hitting homers. MVP shit like you read about.”

All of that allowed the game to go into extra innings tied 2-2, when Gleyber Torres got a huge, 1-out RBI Sac Fly in the bottom of the 10th to win it. NY 3 Los Angeles Angels 2.

“For us to come out there in the 1st inning and obviously get 2 right out of the shoot,” said manager Aaron Boone afterwards. “Judgy was a +3 there in that 1st inning. They obviously held us down and scratched their way back into the game. Glad we could find a way to win there in the end. I thought we played good baseball.”

NY improves to 11-7. LA falls to 9-9. Tampa is 16-3; the Yanks are tied for 2nd place with Toronto, 4’5 back.

1. Judge Robs Ohtani

On the mound for the Yanks was Jhony Brito — who got BLASTED in his last start, allowing 7 runs in the 1st inning and never getting a 3rd out. This time, he got a flyout to start the game but batter #2 Shohei Ohtani rocketed one to dead centerfield.

Judge leaped over the centerfield wall to make the catch — actually knocking the ball back in the park with his glove and catching it with his other hand. An amazing catch by the reigning MVP and Yankee team captain.

2. Judge Blasts Homer

And then in the bottom of the 1st, Anthony Volpe led off with a single off Angels starter Griffin Canning, and Aaron Judge blasted a 2-run bomb to left center. Yankees 2 Angels 0.

3. Brito Moxied through

Meanwhile the best news of the night for Yankee fans is that Jhony Brito pitched well. He soldiered through the 1st inning — allowing a Mike Trout single and walk to Anthony Rendon after Judge robbed Ohtani of the homer — but got a final fly out. (Clarke Schmidt must have been thinking if only Judge could have saved him from the 1st inning Ohtani homer.)

Brito then pitched a 1-2-3 second inning, with 2 K’s.

Showed Moxie in the 3rd

Brito soldiered through the 3rd inning — allowing a leadoff double to Zach Neto — but then getting a foul out, groundout of Ohtani, and stranding Neto at 3rd when he struck out Mike Trout swinging in a 10-pitch at bat. MOXIE.

Got Help in the 4th

Anthony Volpe made a spectacular play behind Brito to lead off the 4th.

After Volpe’s play, Brito walked Hunter Renfroe but Gio Urshela grounded out into a force, and then was thrown out trying to run to 2nd — double play.

On the Ropes in the 5th

In the 5th — Brito got an out but then a walk and a double by Zach Neto put 2nd and 3rd, 1 out — and Brito was gone.

4. King Walks Tightrope

Michael King came in with the 2nd and 3rd, 1 out situation — and got Trevor Ward to ground out for a run, and struck out Ohtani, leaving the runner on 3rd. NY 2 Angels 1. HUGE.

King then walked a tightrope in the 6th and 7th in what had become a nail-biter of a game:

  • King allowed consecutive singles to lead off the 6th, but got a double play and struck out Urshela to end the inning — leaving Mike Trout stranded at 3rd.
  • King got into more trouble in the 7th — walking a batter and hitting Neto with a pitch after getting the 1st out. But he struck out Ward and Wandy Peralta came in to strike out Ohtani — HUGE.

5. Wandy Terrific; Failed by Balk

After getting the HUGE strikeout of Ohtani to end the 7th, Wandy got the first 2 outs of the 8th. But Hunter Renfroe singled and Wandy was charge with a Balk that put Renfroe in scoring position with 2 outs. Gio Urshela then laced a single to center to tie the game.

6. Judge Spectacular, Run-Scoring Catch

Brandon Drury then hit a drive to right center that had RBI double and Angels lead written all over it — but Aaron Judge made like the MVP who should have won a few Gold Gloves by now as well — with a Diving catch to save the game.

7. Holmes Gets Through

Clay Holmes got the first 2 outs of the 9th before a walk and a hit batter added more nail biting to the evening. But he struck out Trout to end the inning.

Trout went 2 for 5 on the day with 3 strikeouts.

8. Hamilton Heroic

Ian Hamilton pitched the top of the 10th, the inherited runner at 2nd to start the inning — got Rendon to groundout moving Trout to 3rd, and then got a Huge groundout of Hunter Renfroe to 3rd — DJ LeMahieu making a Terrific play — keeping the runner at 3rd.

Hamilton got Urshela to line out to end the inning still tied.

9. Gleyber Wins It

Anthony Volpe tried to bunt the inherited runner over to start the bottom of the 10th, but popped the ball up to pitcher Matt Moore.

But Moore intentionally walked Judge, and hit Anthony Rizzo with a pitch to load the bases.

Rizzo SO GOOD at being hit by pitches.

Gleyber Torres then hit the sac fly to deep right center for the old ballgame!

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