The Astros tried to get off to a fast start on Saturday night in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series presented by Camping World, as Yuli Gurriel crushed a long drive off CC Sabathia to deep right field leading off the bottom of the second inning. The only problem for Gurriel was that the man he hit it to, Aaron Judge, has had a knack for superb plays all year long.
Flash back to Game 2 in Houston, though. Faced with a similar predicament on a smash by Carlos Correa, Judge fell just short, thanks in small part to one young Astros fan:
Correa's homer ended up being the decisive blow in the Astros' 2-1 win.
Judge wasn't about to let that happen again, and he came up huge with a terrific catch:
Judge's robbery kept the game scoreless, and Sabathia went on to escape the inning unscathed. To say the veteran was pumped up is putting it lightly:
On the Yankees' bench, Luis Severino had to tip his cap, too:
It's not even the first time this series that Judge has taken a hit away from Gurriel -- he did that in Game 3, as well.
The Yankees ultimately fell in Game 7, 4-0, but perhaps Gurriel should aim a different direction in the future. Judge has him covered.
Tune in to World Series Game 1: Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT on FOX.