NEW YORK ( Associated Press) — Aaron Judge and the Yankees will appear at their arbitration hearing on Friday to determine the pay of the three-time All-Star for this season.
Despite the panel’s decision, the public in the Bronx already has a verdict.
The judge will be worth every penny he charges.
The slugger had an RBI single, and New York scored four times in the ninth inning to beat the Houston Astros 7-6 on Thursday night.
Aaron Hicks tied the score in that electrifying ninth inning with a three-run homer close to Ryan Pressley.
With two outs from Ryan Stanek, Judge singled out a line drive in left field for Jose Trevino to score from second. It was the Yankees’ ninth walk-off in 70 games this season – the most since 1943.
This seemed impossible, given that the Yankees only had two hits before the ninth inning.
“On exiting the cave, there is a sign that says, ‘Do your job,'” the judge said. “And that’s what I try to do in every situation.”
Regarding the hearing, the judge smiled and said, “We’ll talk later.”
New York won the first game of an anticipated four-game series between the two best teams in the American League. He won 22 games for the 19th time and improved to 52–18 – the third best start in 70 major league games since 1930.
New York also increased their home winning streak to 15, the team’s longest series since 1961.
The victory went to Dominican Miguel Castro (4-0).
Venezuela’s Jose Altuve scored 4-3 for the Astros. Cubans’ Yordan Alvarez scored 5-2 with three RBIs and Yuli Guriel 4-1. Honduran Mauricio Dubon 3-0. Puerto Rican Martin Maldonado 4-0.
Venezuela’s Gleber Torres scored a run for the Yankees to make it 3-0.