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Game 144 // Eighth Inning // Outburst in the Bronx

The night after D’Arnaud hit three home runs to win for the Rays…

The Yankees just popped off the biggest inning of their season.





So they’re in the eighth at Yankee Stadium, a day later. Down by a run. Two outs. 

Leading the AL East, by just a few games. The Rays angling for a statement win. A late-summer race for the division looming. The potential of maybe a sweep looming, if things don’t turn around soon enough.


Aaron Judge at the plate. Full count.

And, just like that, things turn around.




The pitch after a foul-ball home run to right, he hits it that same way.

Gone. Yankees take a 4-3 lead.








So now they’re ahead. The crowd jolts into the ecstatic…

And the encore goes like this:



Intentional walk.


Didi Gregorius comes up.

And whatever statement the Rays set out to make—it’s written, crossed out, crumpled into a paper ball, tossed into the corner, tumbling its way into a well-placed shredder.


Grand slam to right field. A no-doubter.




The best moment of the Yankees season so far. Six runs. Ahead now 8-3.

At home, in front of a packed house. Jubilation, after the stinging loss the night before.




On a warm mid-summer night in New York.

Baseball perfection, for everyone who saw it.





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