The judge will give it to the Yankees on the eve of the hearing

NEW YORK – Aaron Judge hit the winning single on the eve of his playoffs, finishing in the ninth shift of four races, which included a draw for Aaron Hicks and a three-run home game closer to Ryan Pressly’s New York Yankees 7. 6 wins over Houston Astros on Thursday night.

Judge, who hit Ryne Stanek with a double-throw, smoked 3: 0 in the left corner of the dealer, scoring Jose Trevino from second base. It was Yankees’ ninth win of 70 games this season – the most since 1943 – and it seemed extremely unlikely that they entered the final shift with just two hits.

New York took the opening game of the highly anticipated four-game series between the top two teams in the American League, winning 19th place in 22 games, improving to 52:18 – the third best start in 70 games in major tournaments since the 1930s. .

New York also extended its home winning streak to 15 games, the team’s longest since 1961.

The Yankees entered the league on Thursday with 20 return victories. No. 21 may be the most memorable.

Giancarlo Stanton, who hit the three-run home team in the first shift, walked against Pressly in the ninth, and Gleyber Torres equalized during the record, which involved a long delay because Torres had something in mind.

Hicks, who hit the switch, then dug in from the left side and undoubtedly smashed to the right, which was the third hit for the Yankees all night and the first after Stanton’s home game. It was Hicks’ third home game of the season.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa followed with a hit No. 4, the indoor single was stopped by a short stop by Mauricio Dubon, but was then thrown out in an attempt to steal a second – the close call was confirmed by a repeat.

Trevino then called out one game, prompting manager Dusty Baker to pull Pressly (1: 2). Trevino also had a double home game in the eighth round of Tampa Bay 5: 4 on Wednesday night.

Pressly, a two-time Star Tournament, played 5.71 ERA in 18 games against Yankees, including in the offseason.

Stanek walked with DJ LeMahieu and then fell to the judge 3-0 when fans serenized the “MVP!” songs.

“I knew I could get the job done,” Judge said after the third hit of his career and the second hit of the season. “That’s when this game is right there, moments like this. The crowd is on its feet, the game is on the line. These are the moments in your backyard that you’re dreaming of.”

The winner was Miguel Castro (4-0).

Next up is the unusual in-season arbitration hearing on Friday – decisions are usually made out of season, but were postponed due to the sports closure. Judge is asking for $ 21 million in salary, while New York has offered $ 17 million in its last season before reaching a free agency.

The judge said earlier this week that he was looking forward to the hearing. It’s easy to see why.

He leads the major tournaments with 27 home runs and is fifth with 53 hits.

Astros’ players Alex Bregman and Stanton exchanged three races in the first shift, and Houston Yordan Alvarez scored three more races in the third game against Yankees starter Jameson Taillon.

Framber Valdez assured himself after the first stone change, Jose Altuve hit three hits and right-back Kyle Tucker kidnapped a potential home player in Houston’s eighth shift, but Astros fell 43:26. .

Stanton became the first player to play Valdez’s elite curve this season, and the left-hander stayed away from his best field after that – achieving great results. With a large dose of drowning, Valdez scored seven of six shifts, allowing three hits after two hits, both in the first shift.

Valdez looked to be heading one way when he unexpectedly passed the ball back to Anthony Rizzo. Valdez was drawn after 101 squares.

Hector Neris hit the perfect seventh and Tucker helped Rafael Montero advance from the eighth. After the referee made a mistake to the third main player, Bregman, he thought Rizzo smoked right-handed. When Rizzo ran first, Tucker jumped against the wall and took the line for the third exit.

Taillon promised six races at the peak of the season, interrupting a great first half after years of ill health. Houston scored 10 hits in a 5⅔ shift.

Fans have vehemently blossomed for a resumption of baseball rivalry – Houston has eliminated the Yankees from the three following seasons, including the scandalous 2017 World Cup, since 2015.

Bronx fans were delighted when it was time for Taillon Altuve to leave the game. The calm silence ended when Stanton responded with his shot at the end of the shift.

Alvarez, who got home twice against Forest on Wednesday night, hit the short right porch of Yankee Stadium at a low speed of 113 miles per hour in third. Alvarez’s 22 home teams are second only to Judge’s 27th in the Premier League.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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