He hurt his right knee again fielding a bases-loaded grounder by Didi Gregorius but limped over to tag him for the final out of the third. He felt the same last October, too, when the Yanks were ousted by the Red Sox in a Division Series. Another two-run shot by Rajai Davis in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series in the bottom of the eighth with two outs to tie the game.
But after talking all year about how important it was to gain home-field advantage, the Yankees showed what a slight let-up in the last 10 days of the regular season meant.
The Yankees staved off elimination for another day in Game 5, hitting a pair of home runs to take a 4-1 first-inning lead that they never relinquished. He will become the fourth pitcher in Major League Baseball history to finish a post-season game and then start the next day, and the first since 1924. They won 103 games this season but were taken down by the 107-win Astros.
Luckily for the Astros, they're headed home for the rest of the series.
The series now shifts back to Houston on Saturday night and Sunday for Game 7 if needed. He wanted and expected more.
No matter who starts or who gets the bulk of the innings, I'm sure it's going to be a fascinating game to watch as the two managers match wits trying to get the upper hand.
"We just weren't able to capitalize on offense. We always got the job done and this time we didn't get the job done when it counted".
Notwithstanding the use of seven pitchers by each team in the Houston Astros' 6-4 win over the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series Game 6, the Astros and Washington Nationals are within four wins of a championship primarily because of starting pitching. "I'll be thinking about this for a while".
You can't expect to bring runners in every time they're in position to score, but leaving that many runs off the board is obviously a series-changer, as we can see by who is holding the AL Pennant now.
"I get asked to describe Jose Altuve all the time, " manager AJ Hinch said of the team's 5-foot-6 spark plug.
Judge thinks the Yanks had chances to beat Houston and blew them.
Encarnacion is 1 for 15 in the ALCS. I feel the same way about (Stanton) frankly, " Boone said.
Altuve, a sparkplug touted as Houston's heart and soul, didn't let this one get away. That was a difference in the series. If we capitalize and get a couple timely hits, this series might be different. But via the stories section on Tucker's Instagram page, we learned shortly after the game that he was very much a part of the action in the raucous lower level.
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