ST. PETERSBURG — Aaron Judge watched his second deep drive of the night sail up, up and up toward the catwalks above Tropicana Field’s left-field seats, the ball fading from view. It was another no-doubter for the Yankees slugger, though he did harbor a question in this case.
Uncertain about how the ground rules would treat his blast if it were to dent one of those quirky pathways, Judge hustled out of the batter’s box, then realized he could safely begin yet another home run trot. Judge’s two-homer performance helped power the Yankees’ 5-4 victory over the Rays on Wednesday evening.
“I saw it the whole way through, but I don’t know the catwalk rules,” Judge said. “So I started running around the bases; I didn’t know what would happen if it would hit one of those and drop back in. I was just trying to make sure I was on second base if it fell in play.”
Jose Trevino belted a go-ahead, two-run blast in the eighth inning off Ralph Garza Jr., providing the necessary margin of victory as the Yanks celebrated their 18th win in 21 games, heading into a four-game showdown against the Astros in the Bronx starting on Thursday.
With his timely homer and a key fourth-inning pickoff at third base, Trevino fielded most of the praise in the clubhouse, hearing manager Aaron Boone lobby for the catcher’s inclusion on the AL All-Star team. Extending his…