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PostPosted: Sat 10/12/19 4:36 pm    Post subject: ALCS - Astros vs. Yankees Reply with quote

Game 1 gets underway from Minute Maid Park tonight.
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PostPosted: Sat 10/12/19 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Everyone knows I'm not a Yankees fan, but...if a pitcher had to lose tonight, I was glad it was Zack for the Astros. Twisted Evil

He actually threw a quality start, but that wasn't good enough since Tanaka, starting for the Yankees, was superb. N.Y. also hammered several Astros relievers, and by the time the final damage was done, the Bronx Bombers had won decisively, 7-0. The three "G"s--Giancarlo, Gio Urshela and Gleyber Torres --all homered for the Yanks, with Torres driving in five runs on the night.
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PostPosted: Sun 10/13/19 6:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gleyber had a clutch night. Tanaka looked as good as I have ever seen him.
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PostPosted: Sun 10/13/19 10:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, thankfully Game 2 was much more of a game.

A good pitching duel between JV for the Astros and JP (James Paxton) for the Yankees left the two teams gridlocked until the 11th inning. Aaron's fourth inning home run had given the NYY a 2-0 lead; George Springer's solo shot in the fifth tied the score. Six innings later, Carlos Correa's blast off New York reliever J.A. Happ won the game for Houston, 3-2. Earlier, a sixth inning assist by Correa nailed baserunner D.J. LeMahieu at the plate and prevented the Yankees from scoring the go-head run.

It's back to the Bronx for these teams now, with Game 3 looming, and Cole will get the start!
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PostPosted: Tue 10/15/19 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gerrit freaking Cole! The Astros prevailed in Game 3 at Yankee Stadium, 4-1. Gerrit pitched seven strong innings for Houston, while starting pitcher Luis Severino took the loss for New York.
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PostPosted: Thu 10/17/19 7:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Game 4...rained out! Sad

Pushed back by a day, to be played tonight.
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PostPosted: Thu 10/17/19 8:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was not the best start by Gerrit but he got out of trouble and did what you have to do, keep them from scoring. With the Yankees that is a tall order. Especially in Yankee Stadium.
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PostPosted: Fri 10/18/19 1:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And the Astros have taken Game 4 to go up, three games to one, on the Yankees.

It hasn't been a pretty sight for the locals in Yankee Stadium.
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PostPosted: Fri 10/18/19 8:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Yankees salvaged Game 5, 4-1, to send the series back to Minute Maid Park for Game 6. JV got the start for Houston, and N.Y. attacked him early, backing James Paxton's quality start. Long Beach/Wilson alum Aaron Hicks homered for the pinstripers in the first inning and New York never looked back.

One note of importance, whether the Yankees lose this series or come back to win it--CC has pitched in his last major league game. He's been replaced on the ALCS roster, and wouldn't be eligible for the World Series even if his team made it in.
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PostPosted: Sat 10/19/19 11:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And finally, congratulations to the Astros!

With a 6-4 walk-off win on a homer by Jose Altuve--off N.Y. closer Aroldis Chapman, no less--they're back in the World Series for the second time in three years.

The game-winning home run came at the most opportune time, but the Astros had already blown a chance to win the game half an inning earlier, when reliever Roberto Osuna allowed the Yankees to tie the score at 4 in the top of the ninth.

I guess I still have to scratch my head about both teams having a "bullpen start", but the strategy was obvious--to save Gerrit for a potential Game 7. In the end, it worked anyway, for the Astros, a team with deeper starting pitching than New York.

The Yankees didn't help their cause, either, as the linked article from CBS Sports points out.

Altuve was also named the ALCS Most Valuable Player.

Enjoy!


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PostPosted: Sun 10/20/19 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Astros earned their way there. Good luck in general but I am backing the Nationals on this one.
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