Never count out the 2022 New York Yankees.
Based on the level of baseball that was played, the Yankees could’ve easily gotten swept by the Astros this weekend.
In Thursday’s opener, they snatched victory from the jaws of defeat courtesy of an iconic Aaron Hicks three-run home run and Aaron Judge walk-off single. From there, though, the Yanks’ bats went silent and they lost the next two, culminating in getting no-hit in combined fashion on Saturday.
Looking to avoid losing three of four at home to their foremost rival, the Yankees made MLB history by extending their hitless innings streak to 16 before Giancarlo Stanton came through with a solo home run in the seventh.
That seemed to have a relaxing effect on the offense as DJ LeMahieu cranked a game-tying two-run blast in the eighth before Judge put on his superhero cape for the second time this series with a walk-off three-run homer in extras.
Aaron Judge authored his second walk-off hit of the Yankees’ weekend series against the Astros.
We’re not in the business of handing out moral victories, but the Yankees salvaging a series split this weekend is huge given their lineup was mired in an 0-for-52 funk between Saturday’s Game 3 and Sunday’s finale.
Was this the grittiest of New York’s wins this season? That’s tough to say, but it might be the most improbable of the bunch given they went the first 6.1 innings without recording a hit and you could hear a pin drop inside Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees’ 22 comeback wins are the most in baseball this season. They now have 10 walk-off victories on the year and Judge has authored three of them, with two coming in this series. The other ironically came in the form of a three-run blast against the Rays back on May 10, which feels like a lifetime ago.
It’s not a stretch to say the Yankees will go as far as Judge (and their pitching, obviously) takes them, and the AL MVP frontrunner was oozing confidence in his postgame interview with YES Network’s Meredith Marakovits.
Nothing to see here, folks. Just the best baseball player on the planet right now and the normally reserved Judge calling himself the best player on the team. Given the season he’s putting together, Judge can say whatever we wants.
On the cusp of dropping a massive four-game set to their biggest rival, the Yankees salvaged a split in the most thrilling way possible and they’ll now welcome MLB’s bottom-feeders — the A’s — to town for a three-game series starting Monday.
And you guys were worried!