On Saturday night, he simply didn't do it, which just added to his disastrous playoff numbers.
Cameras caught Judge blasting Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York" on a stereo as he was leaving Fenway Park after the New York Yankees' 6-2 victory. "My main goal is to win in the playoffs, to win a World Series". The manager's decision to replace his second-best starter for Joe Kelly in the second inning of a monstrous playoff game carries waves of issues that could last well into the offseason and even further. The Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka, on the other hand, mowed down the Red Sox' lineup inning after inning.
The bombing began nearly from the outset. The best-of-five series is tied 1-1.
Perhaps because the Sox stole Game 1 of the ALDS (yes, stole - the Yanks' inability to drive in RISP cost them the contest), manager Alex Cora figured, there'd be less pressure on Price to perform at Fenway.
At Houston, Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole struck out 12 Cleveland batters with no walks while scattering only three hits over seven innings. The Yankees outfielder appeared to carry the stereo right past the Red Sox clubhouse.
The homer marked Judge's third in as many postseason games this season and already the seventh postseason longball of his two-year career. Joe Kelly, Ryan Brasier, Brandon Workman and Rodriguez combined to throw 4 ⅓ scoreless innings before the Sanchez homer. "I want him to go out and be himself and go out there and look to really set the tone for us and throw his game, and if he does that, hopefully, we'll be in a good spot at any time when we take him out tomorrow".
Japanese ace Masahiro Tanaka started for NY and allowed Boston batters only one run on three hits with one walk and four strikeouts over five innings.
"Obviously, we're all in with this, so never know what can happen in Game 3", Cora said.
"I've got to tell you there's nothing like this season", admitted Sanchez.
Happ, of course, was touted by Yankees faithful as a key to the series. He rebounded from a troubling pair of four-inning starts to end the regular season to deliver his best outing of the year when the Yankees needed him the most.
It was Happ's first loss since July 12 back when he was still with the Jays.
The Yankees' offensive barrage also included a home run from Aaron Judge in the top of the first ("I mean, everybody knows that Judge has way more power than me", Sanchez joked after the game). In fact, six of the eight teams have players that were in Dunedin in spring training.
In varying levels of prominence throughout these playoffs, teams who were dealt by the Jays at the deadline are at least involved.
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