Dallas Keuchel owned the Yankees.
Until Wednesday, that is.
The Yanks solved him, and won Game 5 of the ALCS, 5-0. With the win, the Yanks have won every postseason game at home so far, and as a result, have gone up 3 games to 2 in the ALCS.
If they can win either Game 6 or 7 in Houston, they will be headed to the World Series for the 41st time.
Game 6 will be Friday night in Houston, Severino vs. Verlander, and right now, Houston is not hitting…. 9 runs in 5 games vs. the Yankees, with 2 unearned.
If Masahiro Tanaka is wanting to opt out of his contract, he is making a statement with his postseason performances. After a very up-and-down regular season, he has been incredible this postseason. A 1-0 win, 2-1 loss, and a 5-0 win.
In the second inning, Houston got a leadoff double, moved the runner to third with one out, but with the Yankees’ infield in (because they wouldn’t know how they could or would get to Keuchel, their nemesis), ex-Yankee Carlos Beltran grounded out and Tanaka got out of it, yielding no runs.
In the bottom of the second, with two out, Castro doubled and Bird singled. 1-0 Yankees.
The big thing and difference in the Yankees this postseason as opposed to the regular season is that we are seeing what Greg Bird can do when he is healthy, and it is coming at the right time. A big difference between him now, and him at the beginning of the year when he wasn’t himself, and Chris Carter.
In the third, Headley singled, Gardner forced him, and Judge doubled Gardner home. 2-0.
To the fifth, and Houston had men on 1st and 2nd, one out, and Tanaka got out of it.
In the bottom of the fifth, with one out, Headley (who had 3 hits) singled, and after Gardner grounded out, Judge walked. Sanchez singled to make it 3-0, and Didi singled to make it 4-0.
In the bottom of the seventh, Sanchez homered to make it 5-0, the final score.
The Yankees’ bullpen is all set up. Tanaka for 7, Kahnle for 2 today. Off day tomorrow. A rested bullpen for Games 6 and possibly 7 in Houston.
Sanchez 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI.
Gregorius 2 hits, RBI.
Headley 3 hits.
Tanaka (WIN) 7 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 W, 8 K.
Kahnle 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.
In the NLCS, the Cubs avoided a sweep by the Dodgers by winning Game 4, 3-2.
In the Arizona Fall League, Scottsdale won 9-5. Yankees’ prospect 2B Kyle Holder went 2 for 4. Prospect Cody Carroll pitched a scoreless inning of relief, giving up a hit and a walk but striking out the side.