Prof: We’re at game two of a best of seven series featuring the New York Yankees and the Houston Astros; two teams that have been the cream of the crop in the AL, so it’s fitting that they are the ones to go head-to-head for the honor of fighting for the crown. The Yankees won game one. How did they fare in game two? Read on!
Yankees 2, Astros 3 F/11 (ALCS Game 2) – Prof: WE WILL DEFINITELY HAVE A GAME FIVE NOW. The Astros win a marathon at home on the strength of a Carlos Correa homer in extra innings. No one remembers who started the game; it was the bullpen that made the difference for both teams. New York even brought out CC Sabathia as a LOOGY. Scout will discuss a little more about the game below.
Scouts: The game lasted damn near 5 hours, which I guess it a good thing that it started at 8:09 PM EST on a Sunday, virtually assuring MLB that over half their fan-base would not be awake to see the thrilling conclusion. But I guess we have to ensure we aren’t competing with football. I mean it’s only the playoffs, not that it’s important or anything. Anyways, Carlos Correa not only hit the homer that won the game, he also made a pretty darn good play in the sixth to throw out DJ LeMahieu at the plate, saving a run, and probably the game.
Justin Verlander lasted 6.2 innings, allowing 5 hits and a pair of runs, while striking out 7. Both of the Yankee runs came off an Aaron Judge homer in the 4th. James Paxton didn’t last so long for the Yankees, exiting after 2.1 innings, allowing 4 hits and a single run in the first, forcing the Yankees to dive deep into their bullpen, which eventually cost them tremendously.
New York was able to escape Houston with a series split, and now gets to head home for the next three games. Gerrit Cole will face off against Luis Severino in game 3 on Tuesday afternoon, starting at 4:08 PM.