During a ninth innings turned upside down, John Sterling, the longtime radio voice of the Yankees, said in the broadcast, "I've declared this the biggest game of the year." The TV show said the game needed a Xanax.
After Sano had led the twins to eighth place, Hicks did the same for the Yankees in ninth. But in the lower half of the innings, Chapman faced the first three fights he faced and blew his third save this month by sending a game-winning sacrifice to Jorge Polanco. Boone stayed with Chapman despite being unable to hit, and Chapman eventually ended the inning.
The Yankees took the lead on 1
In a safe situation, Ottavino scored two outs, but charged the bases with three runs. So Green faced Kepler. Hicks said he could see Romine sitting outside and guessed that Kepler, a left-hander, would spray the ball into the gap. According to Statcast, Hicks, whom the Yankees had acquired on a trade with the Twins in 2015, had the fastest time he had in the season, going 74 feet.
"Just amazing," Judge said. "Not only catching and overtaking in the gap, but also the situation: play on the line, a great batsman on the plate and for him to go out there and have a great read. I knew immediately that he would catch it. "
Hicks said he knew he had both a good reading and a good jump on the ball. He smiled at everyone after saving the most dramatic win of the season. After the game, Boone joked that Hicks came out of his stumbling block undamaged when he took off his cape.
On the hill after the game, the normally reserved green lifted his arms in the air and his face showed disbelief.
] "One of the craziest games I've participated in," he said, "and Hicks made one of the best catches I've ever seen."