Once again, the Yankees could not solve Justin Verlander, and as a result, the American League pennant will be decided in a do-or-die Game 7.
Houston beat the Yankees, 7-1.
It was a good pitching duel for four innings, as Luis Severino matched Verlander.
But in the fifth, Severino cracked, walking three, giving up three runs, and getting knocked out of the game. It seemed like he may have gotten squeezed a bit that inning. Walk, out, walk, and then a ground-rule double by ex-Yankee Brian McCann made it 1-0. Walk to load the bases, then after an out, a single by Altuve to make it 3-0 and knock out Severino. Green got the last out of the inning.
The Yanks got two on in the sixth, and Gary Sanchez had a 3-0 count on him. I don’t mind the green light there, but it has to be a fastball in a certain spot. You can’t just swing at anything. Sanchez got a breaking ball and put a bad swing on it and it was a weak groundout for the final out. You can’t do that.
In the seventh, the Yanks got two on, and Todd Frazier just missed tying the game when his long drive, which would have been a double, was caught at the wall. Maybe four feet higher…
The Yanks got on the board in the eighth when Judge homered, but any chance for a comeback evaporated when Houston got four in the bottom of the eighth. David Robertson came in and Altuve (him again) homered. Correa doubled, Bregman singled, and Gurriel doubled in two, and went to third on an error by Didi. A SF made it 7-1.
So Game 7 tonight, CC vs. Morton. It’ll be an interesting night, what with the Yankees’ game going on at the same time as PSU-Michigan college football and also ND-USC college football.
Severino (Loss) 4 2/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 4 W, 3 K.
Green 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K.
Robertson 0 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Have to say this for a friend…. come on, Yanks, win it for Momma B!
In the Arizona Fall League, Scottsdale lost 2-0. Yankees’ prospect OF Estevan Florial was 1 for 4 and P Andrew Schwaab pitched a scoreless inning of relief, giving up one hit, no walks, or strikeouts.
Ex-Twins’ manager Ron Gardenhire was hired to manage the Tigers. Meanwhile, the Nationals canned Dusty Baker.