The Yankees solved Corey Kluber in the ALDS, finally figured out Dallas Keuchel in the ALCS — and competence just get their shot at besting Clayton Kershaw in the World Series. So far, even the many achieved aces haven’t fazed this team, which is only one win divided from an doubtful outing to the Fall Classic.
The Bombers KO’d Keuchel and the Astros 5-0 in Game 5 on Wednesday at the Stadium, and will take a 3-2 series lead back to Houston, with a possibility to get back to the World Series for the first time given they last won it all in 2009.
Masahiro Tanaka struck out eight, walked one and allowed 3 hits over 7 scoreless innings, as the Yankees softened to a ideal 6-0 in the Bronx during the playoffs.
Keuchel, who came in with a 1.09 ERA in his career vs. the Bombers (including postseason), surrendered 4 runs on 7 hits in 42⁄3 innings. Greg Bird delivered a two-out RBI singular in the second, Aaron Judge total a one-out RBI double in the third, and Gary Sanchez and Didi Gregorius any tacked on two-out RBI singles in the fifth.
Sanchez, who struck out in his first two at-bats, also drilled a 416-foot solo shot — his third homer of the postseason — off Brad Peacock in the seventh.
Prior to Wednesday, Keuchel — the 29-year-old lefty famous for his accurate plcae and late representation transformation — had not given up a run to the Yankees in the playoffs. He threw a total 13 shutout innings against them between the 2015 AL wild-card diversion and Game 1 of the ALCS.
But the Bombers got to him this time around, just like they got to Kluber twice in the ALDS after he dominated them during the unchanging season. The Yankees also went 4-1 in Chris Sale’s 5 starts against them in 2017.
Meanwhile, Tanaka lowered his 2017 postseason ERA to 0.90 over 3 starts. Over the whole series, the Astros, who led the joining in runs during the unchanging season, have scored 9 times.
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The Dodgers lead the Cubs 3-1 in the NLCS after Chicago staved off a brush in Wednesday’s 3-2 win in Game 4.
The Bombers lost the first two games of this series at Minute Maid Park, only to right the ship in the Bronx — including their extraordinary quip in Game 4 after they fell behind 4-0 in the seventh.
Now, only Justin Verlander, another ace, stands in their way of a berth in the Fall Classic.
PLAY OF THE GAME
Protecting a 2-0 lead, Masahiro Tanaka got in difficulty in the fifth, giving up a one-out singular to Marwin Gonzalez and walking Brian McCann. He then struck out George Springer on a
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95-MPH fastball and Josh Reddick on an 89-MPH splitter to get out of the inning.
The fifth inning was when it all started to tumble detached for the Astros. A singular and throwing blunder had Chase Headley on second bottom with one out. Dallas Keuchel pitched around Aaron Judge with two outs to face Gary Sanchez, who singled in a run. Then Keuchel gave up a singular to Didi Gregorius that was just out of the strech of Jose Altuve to bring in another run.
STAR OF THE GAME
After starting the playoffs attack just 7-for-41, Gary Sanchez went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI Wednesday. He homered for the first time in the ALCS in the seventh. He also got his first career hit off Keuchel in the fifth, an RBI single.
Masahiro Tanaka. Tanaka threw 7 scoreless, pinch 3 hits, with one walk and eight strikeouts. He is one of 3 Yank pitchers with mixed scoreless starts of at slightest 7 innings any in a singular postseason, joining Whitey Ford and Roger Clemens.
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Dallas Keuchel. Keuchel indispensable to lift the Astros Wednesday, like he did in Game 1 throwing 7 scoreless against the Yankees. But the lefty could not get out of the fifth inning, permitting 4 runs on 7 hits and walked one. He struck out eight.
STAT OF THE DAY
70. 7 of the 58 prior best-of-7 series that finished up 2-2, the leader of Game 5 has won the series 41 times, or 70.7% of the time.
Chase Headley not only had 3 hits, but the designated hitter continued to make things happen. He got a propitious mangle in Game 4, stumbling on the basepaths and coming up protected on second bottom as the pivotal play in the Yankees’ four-run rally. In Game 5, Headley singled in the fifth and took second on an Alex Bregman throwing blunder and scored on Gary Sanchez’s single.
Jose Altuve went 0-for-4 Wednesday night, imprinting the first time he has left hitless in back-to-back games given Sep 20-21.
Astros bullpen looking to adjust in Game 5 after fall
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Our first postseason and getting to do it in New York, there’s zero like it … it’s amazing.”
— Aaron Judge on Stadium atmosphere
Friday at Houston, 8:08 p.m.
RHP Luis Severino (1-0, 5.56) vs. RHP Justin Verlander (3-0, 2.04)
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