Aaron Judge had just five hits in his first nine postseason games heading into Tuesday night, but he delivered in a big way in the Yankees' come-from-behind win over the Astros in Game 4 of the ALCS.
Judge blasted a solo home run in the seventh and a game-tying double an inning later to give the Yankees a much-needed jolt.
"It's pretty surreal, to be honest," he told reporters after the game, according to ESPN. "I haven't reflected on tonight's game yet. But as a kid I've been in that situation in my head a thousand times, through the minor leagues, all your daily batting practice, your cage work. I'm putting myself in that situation. Get out there and get the job done."
Judge entered the game with a postseason-record 21 strikeouts and added another whiff to his ledger by the time Tuesday's contest was over, but he admitted that going through rough stretches has helped him be successful.
"I enjoy failure. It's part of the game," Judge said. "There's always room to grow, there's room to improve. So it's been a fun ride. And it's my first year, still pretty crazy."
With the Yankees being held scoreless into the seventh, Judge stepped in against starter Lance McCullers and blasted a curveball well over the fence in center field to start the eventual rally.
"Get out there and get the job done," Judge said." I've been in that situation a thousand times, but the dreams aren't the same as reality. To be out there with the crowd and the atmosphere, it was unbelievable."
Against reliever Ken Giles in the eighth, Judge smoked a double to left field to tie the score before Gary Sanchez put the team in the lead for good with an extra-base hit of his own.
"With our whole offense, we're never out of the ballgame," Judge said. "We've been in that situation before, been down a couple of runs, down two, down three, down four, it doesn't matter with our team. We're going to keep fighting, and that's what we did."