HOUSTON – The Astros weren’t excited before ALCS Game 2 Thursday that the roof at Minute Maid Park would be open.
But by the end of the night, he might have worked in their favour.
With the wind blowing from right to left for most of the game, the Astros with Homer Alex Bregman tapped their three-stroke to the left before. Aaron Judge’s late attempt to delve to the right failed In the The Yankees lost 3-2.
Almost everyone in the Yankees’ bunker seems to think the Judge’s ball is going to be a home run.
“Who would have thought, I think the open roof kind of killed us,” said director Aaron Boone. “I think it’s 390[-foot] a ball. … I didn’t think he smoked it like he didn’t suspect him, but I felt his colleagues were right.”
On a beautiful night, the roof has only been open for the second time this season at Minute Maid Park — a decision the MLB makes in the post-season in consultation with the home team and chief referee. The opening of the roof would be “different,” Astros manager Dusty Becker said before the game, noting in part that crowd noise (part of their home stadium’s advantage) wouldn’t be as loud.
In the eighth inning, the judge hit his ball 106.3 mph off the bat and 345 feet into the right field, where Kyle Tucker grabbed it with a slight jump into the wall to make sure it didn’t go out or at least go into extra bases. Judge may be the only Yankee who isn’t surprised to see him not come out.
“Not in the way the wind was playing,” the judge said. “It was blowing hard into the left field, so I hit it into the wrong part of the park, that’s for sure.”
According to Statcast, the only park where a Judge fly ball would have been is Yankee Stadium.
Homer Bregman with three runs, Who came in the third half of Luis Severinowas only 91.8 mph off the bat but traveled an estimated 360 feet into left field.
“I know the wind was blowing,” Severino said. “That was the only reason for the ball to go out. I did really well in this situation.”
When asked if the ball was played differently with the roof open, Severino said with a chuckle, “For their own good, yes, indeed.”
The judge, who said he felt the wind “howl” when he played on the right pitch, was more diplomatic when asked the same question.
“You don’t notice that much except for two balls of flies,” the judge said. “I saw my sword feet dancing a bit on the pop-up that he had to catch up with. But that was the only thing.”
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