Yankees, Astros Announce Pitching Plans For Game 6

Yankees, Astros Announce Pitching Plans For Game 6”

Trailing 4-2, Gio Urshela started a Yankees rally in the ninth with a leadoff single and LeMahieu homered to right two batters later to tie the game on the 10th pitch of his at-bat, a 3-2 cutter that was over the middle of the plate.

This was a great final at-bat to a great first season as a Yankee for LeMahieu.

Happ deserved a postseason start because of his career resume and his 1.65 September ERA, but was limited to three relief appearances in nine Yankees playoff games. Green hasn't pitched since Game 4 when he surrendered a two-run homer to Carlos Correa. The Yankees' bats are bound to break through against a Houston relief crew that has held NY to a 1.13 WHIP in the ALCS, after posting a 1.85 WHIP in the division series against the Rays. An inning later, left fielder Michael Brantley laid out for Aaron Hicks' shallow floater and doubled off Aaron Judge at first.

It was only fitting that LeMahieu delivered when it counted most, after doing it all season, leading the majors in hitting with runners in scoring position at.389 while leaving no doubt he was the Yankees' MVP.

With out and runners at first and second in the sixth inning, Brett Gardner hit a sinking liner to right that Josh Reddick caught just before it hit the grass, a ball that easily could have skipped by him for an extra-base hit and one or two Yankee runs.

Yuli Gurriel hit a three-run homer in the first inning, and flashy outfield defense helped Houston's relievers defeat the Yankees and their vaunted bullpen.

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NY was 1 for 6 with runners in scoring position and 3 for 24 over the final five games of the series. In that spot he elected to have the Yankees play the infield back, protecting against the big inning, but that late in the game it's awfully hard to concede even one more run, especially with runs so hard to come by for the Yankees. Gerrit Cole will be held back to start game seven, if necessary.

And while Green flourished frequently as an opener during the regular season, his ERA in 15 starts (counting Game 6) was a high 4.87. But as we head to Houston, it feels like this series suddenly deserves a Game 7. Houston is 54-22 in its last 76 games overall.

Dud of the night: For one inning, Justin Verlander, because his four-run first frame marked the first time in his career he had given up that many runs in any inning in the postseason, as well as the first time he has given that many runs up in an inning since August 11, 2014, against the Padres, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.

Encarnacion finished the ALCS 1-for-19 with 11 strikeouts.

The Yankees win the first inning, 4-1. Two teams head to Houston, but only one will be headed to the World Series by Monday.

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