New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone took issue with the roof being open at Minute Maid Park in Houston during Game 2 of the American League Championship Series against the Astros.
Boone says the roof played a factor in one of the game’s biggest plays.
In the eighth inning with Houston leading 3-2, Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge hit an opposite field shot, but it landed right in the glove of Astros right fielder Kyle Tucker, who made the play against the wall.
“Yeah, I think, who would have thought. I think the roof open kind of killed us. I think it’s a 390 ball. I think it was like 106 at whatever,” Boone said. “When I went out to take Sevy (starter Luis Severino), out, we noticed it a lot with Tucker’s ball. The base hit he got to right it kind of looked like it just went and stopped, and then I think Judgy’s a homer all the time.
Judge’s blast was measured at 106.3 miles per hour off the bat and traveled 345 feet. The ball would have been a home run in only one ballpark based on distance: Yankee Stadium.
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With the wind conditions, Judge wasn’t surprised the ball stayed in the park.
“Not with the way the wind was playing,” Judge said. “It was blowing pretty hard out to left field, so I kind of hit it to the wrong part of the park, that’s for sure.”
Houston went on to win the game 3-2 to take a 2-0 lead in the ALCS. Game 3 is Saturday in New York.