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Dodgers force WS Game 7 with 3-1 win. AFL action also.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The third oldest Stadium in the majors, Dodger Stadium, which opened in 1962, will finally host a World Series Game 7 because the Dodgers forced that game by beating Houston 3-1 Tuesday night.

Houston’s George Springer hit his fourth HR of the WS in the third, giving Houston a 1-0 lead.

But LA touched Justin Verlander in the sixth for two runs. Austin Barnes singled and Chase Utley was HBP. Chris Taylor doubled in one run and Corey Seager hit a SF for another.

Joc Pederson’s HR in the seventh gave LA an insurance run.

In the Arizona Fall League, Scottsdale won 6-2. Yankees’ prospects:

CF Estevan Florial 0 for 3 w/a walk. Scored a run. .293.
1B Billy McKinney 0 for 3, RBI. .282
SS Thairo Estrada 1 for 3, walk, scored a run. .354.

 

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Astros take wild Game 5, 13-12 in 10.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Add Jerry Hairston, Jr. to the list of possible Yankees’ mangerial candidates. The long-time utility player is 41 and was a member of the 2009 WS Champion Yankees. He’s with the Dodgers in a broadcasting capacity right now. But another without managerial experience.

WS Game 5 was wild. Houston won 13-12 in 10 innings to take a 3 games to 2 lead in the WS, and they have Verlander going in Game 6 Tuesday night.

Going blow by blow could take me years.

LA had a 4-0 lead with Kershaw on the mound. Seemed safe, right? Nope.

Houston came back to tie it. LA then went up 7-4. Houston came back to tie it. In the seventh, LA went up 8-7, Houston came back with four to go up 11-8. Both teams traded runs in the 8th, then the Dodgers scored 3 in the 9th to tie it up at 12. Houston scored in the bottom of the 10th to win it.

Altuve, Correa and Gurriel, 3-4-5 in the Astros’ lineup, combined for 10 RBI.

Alex Bregman with the GW hit, and Kensley Jansen is being mortal this WS.

With Kuechel and Kershaw, you expected a pitcher’s duel. Nope.

Two wild extra-inning games in this WS, and both went to the Astros.

The Arizona Fall League is off Sundays.

Cubs’ bench coach Dave Martinez is now the new manager of the Washington Nationals. The Phillies are apparently hiring Gabe Kapler.

Yankees prospects in the AFL, Hank Aaron awards, and WS Game 2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

To the Arizona Fall League and Yankees’ prospects. Scottsdale, 6-7, lost 8-2.

SS Thairo Estrada, 4 for 5, .395
LF Billy McKinney 2 for 4, RBI, walk. .321

I don’t know if this will be an omen of things to come via the MVP voting, but the Hank Aaron awards went to Giancarlo Stanton in the NL and Jose Altuve in the AL.

In WS Game 2, the game went extra innings, with both bullpens failing. Houston pulled out a 7-6 win in 11 innings to even up the Series.

It is the first WS win in Houston’s history.

The Dodgers took a 3-1 lead into the eighth. Houston had gotten an RBI single in the third, but the Dodgers got a solo HR by Joc Pederson in the fifth, and a two-run HR by Cory Seager in the sixth.

So going into the eighth, it appeared that LA had solved Keuchel & Verlander back-to-back. Verlander only gave up two hits, but both were homers.

Then the Dodger bullpen failed. Brandon Morrow gave up a leadoff double to Alex Bregman leading off the eighth. Even though closer Kenley Jansen came in, he gave up a single to Carlos Correa which cut it to 3-2.

In the ninth, Jansen gave up a HR to Marwin Gonzalez that tied the game.

In the tenth, both teams traded blows. Josh Fields replaced Jansen and gave up back-to-back homers to Jose Altuve and to Correa. 5-3 Houston. Altuve and Correa combined as the first players to ever go back-to-back in extra innings in Fall Classic history.

But the Dodgers tied it in the bottom of the tenth. Yasier Puig homered to cut it to 5-4. After two strikeouts, Logan Forsythe, a defensive replacement in the top of the inning, walked. A WP and a single by Enrique Hernandez tied the game.

Brandon McCarthy became the new Dodgers’ pitcher and promptly gave up a single to Cameron Maybin, a SB, then a 2-run HR to George Springer which was the deciding blow.

With two out in the bottom of the eleventh, Charlie Culberson homered for the Dodgers to cut it to 7-6, but Puig then struck out to end the game.

A lot of back and forth in the last few innings, but Houston came out on top as both bullpens were bad in those last four innings.

Even though Houston won, relievers Ken Giles and winner Chris Devenski struggled.

If you check the boxscore, you’ll see too often guys who were effective for an inning pulled. Why? Effective, leave him in. Instead you get these guys who came in and stunk. Houston used five pitchers in the game, the Dodgers nine. As a result, you got that slugging match in the end.

Eight HRs were hit. According to mlb.com:

Five of those big flies came in extra innings, setting a record for any MLB game, regular season or postseason — not just the World Series.

 

 

ALCS Game 7. Home cooking. Houston wins AL Pennant, 4-0.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The home team won every game of the ALCS, and with a 4-0 win, that means that Houston will be going to the WS to play the Dodgers.

It is the second pennant for the Astros, who got swept in the 2005 WS by the White Sox.

The Yankees were two different teams this year as far as home vs. road. At home, they were 51-30, while they were 40-41 on the road.

In the postseason, they were 6-0 at home, but they were 1-6 on the road, with the only road win coming against the Indians in game 5.

In the four games in Houston, the Yanks scored 1, 1, 1 and 0 runs.

Aaron Judge took a HR away in the second inning, but in the fourth, CC Sabathia gave up a HR to Evan Gattis.

CC was pulled in the fourth after 3 1/3 innings, having given up one run.

Was it too soon? For Tommy Kahnle did get a DP to get out of the fourth, but gave up three runs in the fifth.

In the top of the fifth, the Yanks had a chance. Greg Bird got a leadoff double, and later on, the Yanks had men on first and third with one out. Bird was thrown out at the plate on a ground out, however. You may remember Game 1 when he was thrown out at the plate. One thing Bird doesn’t do well is run.

In the bottom of the fifth, Jose Altuve homered with one out. A couple of singles followed, then out #2, but ex-Yankee Brian McCann, who had a big hit in Game 6, finished off the Yankees with a 2-run double.

The Yanks got only three hits all night, and Didi Gregorius got the dreaded Golden Sombrero—0 for 4 with 4 strikeouts.

Justin Verlander was named ALCS MVP.

Sabathia (Loss) 3 1/3 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 3 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Kahnle 1 1/3 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Warren 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Robertson 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.

Disappointing, but a great year for a team expected to be a few years away. One win short of a WS appearance. Hopefully, for a young team, a learning experience.

We will see what happens now in the offseason.

 

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ALCS Game 6. Astros win, force deciding Game 7, 7-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

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.

ALCS Game 5. Yanks solve Keuchel, are one win away from 41st AL pennant.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

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.

 

ALCS Game 2. Yanks clipped by Astros in 9th 2-1. In 0-2 Hole.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Carlos Correa drove in Jose Altuve in the bottom of the ninth to win Game 2 of the ALCS, 2-1 for Houston over the Yankees.

Houston now leads the series two games to none.

Correa and Altuve each had two hits, accounting for four of Houston’s five.

Correa’s HR in the fourth gave the Astros a 1-0 lead. It was ruled no fan interference on the play as a youngster almost pulled a “Jeffrey Maier.”

The Yanks tied it in the fifth on back-to-back two-out doubles by Aaron Hicks and Todd Frazier. Frazier’s ground-rule double was odd in that it stuck in the fence.

In the ninth, Altuve singled and Correa doubled him home. The throw beat Altuve, but catcher Gary Sanchez could not catch it cleanly and Altuve scored.

The Yanks only had five hits in the game, as Justin Verlander got a CG win with 13 K.

Severino 4 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Kahnle 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K,
Robertson 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Chapman (Loss) 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.

Joe Espada is having a bad couple of games as the Yankees’ third base coach. Bird thrown out at the plate in Game 1, and in Game 2, Brett Gardner was thrown out at third trying for a triple.

One thing about Aaron Judge batting second: He does draw lots of walks, so his OBP is good (although right now he is slumping badly with many strikeouts), but with Judge up, Gardner doesn’t run because he doesn’t want to get thrown out at second with Judge up. A double-edged sword. You got the homers and walks with Judge #2, but at the expense of a Gardner SB?

Game 3 is in the Bronx on Monday night.

In the NLCS, the Dodgers took Game 1 from the Cubs, 5-2.

In the Arizona Fall League,  Scottsdale lost 11-1. Yankee SS prospect Kyle Holder was 1 for 4. DH Thairo Estrada was 2 for 4 with the RBI. Cody Carroll pitched a scoreless inning, walking one batter.