With home runs by veteran Todd Frazier and rookie Aaron Judge, and pitching by left-hander CC Sabathia, the New York Yankees crushed the Houston Astros 8-1 to stay alive in the League Championship Series. American.
Starter Sabathia (1-0) had a terrific job on the field and Judge also added a pair of defensive gems in right field.
Despite the loss, the Astros still lead 2-1 at the top (best of seven games) when Game 4 takes place this Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.
The Mules announced Sonny Gray for that game, while the Astros have not decided between Brad Peacock or Lance McCullers.
The Yankees quickly took the lead in the second inning 3-0, thanks to a home run by Frazier with Stalin Castro and Aaron Hicks in circulation on singles.
After the outs of Gary Sanchez in line to center field and rookie Greg Brid’s strikeout, Castro and Hicks continued with hits before veteran Frazier’s homer against starter Charlie Morton.
After two outs, the Astros then filled the pads in the third by walking George Springer and Jose Altuve with an intercalated hit by Alex Bregman, but Sabathia flipped the dangerous shortstop from the dangerous Puerto Rican Carlos Correa.
The ‘Mules’ manufactured a five-touchdown cluster in the fourth, which was capped off by Judge’s two-man homer on bases.
Previously, with the bases loaded, the Yankees scored one for “wilpitch” off reliever Will Harris.
After two outs, Frazier walked, rookie Bird doubled and Chase Headley singled to load the bases, and that’s when Harris threw a bad pitch, opening the plate doors for Frazier.
Meanwhile, it was then that fellow rookie Judge sent a liner down left field to put the Yankees in front 8-0.
The Astros scored one in the ninth for one hit and three walks, the first two walks given by reliever Dellis Betances, who still hasn’t mastered his pitches.
Also reliever Tommy Kanhle came to his rescue and killed the inning with an Altuve grounder that served as a doubleplay.
The victory went to left-hander Sabathia (1-0), who pitched six scoreless innings with five strikeouts and the reverse for fellow starter Morton (0-1), punished with six hits and seven runs.
The winner of the American League will advance to the World Series, where the winner of the NL championship series will be played between the defending champion Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers, which favors the latter 2-0. AFP