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Recap: Jose Altuve's Walk-Off Puts Astros In World Series

Oct 20, 2019 12:50 AM

Jose Altuve came up big for the Houston Astros in Game 6 of the ALCS.

With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Altuve hit a walk-off home run off Aroldis Chapman to give the Astros a 6-4 victory and put them in next week's World Series against the Washington Nationals.

The game only went to the bottom of the ninth because of D.J. LeMahieu's two-run homer to right in the top of the inning.

LeMahieu's blast went into the stands just pass the outstretched arm of George Springer.

With the series schedule altered by a postponement (rain) on Wednesday, both teams used a bullpen approach with the Yankees "starting" Chad Green and the Astros going with Brad Peacock. Green gave up a three-run home run to Yuli Gurriel in the first, while Gary Sanchez hit an RBI single off of Peacock in the second.

Roberto Usuna, who blew the save when LeMahieu homered, got the win after striking out Aaron Judge and getting Gleyber Torres to fly out to left.

Altuve's home run came after Aroldis Chapman got Martin Maldonado to strike out, Josh Reddick popped out to third and Springer walked.

The Astros will host Game 1 of the World Series against the Washington Nationals on Tuesday.


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Recap: Yankees Beat Justin Verlander, Force Game 6

Oct 19, 2019 7:44 AM

Facing elimination, the New York Yankees got to Justin Verlander early and kept the Houston Astros in check for a 4-1 victory in Game 5 of the ALCS on Friday night.

All five of the game's runs were scored in the first inning as both pitching staffs settled down after a rocky start.

George Springer, who had reached on an infield single, scored on a wild pitch by James Paxton with one out. The Astros managed just four hits over the remaining eight innings.

D.J. LeMahieu homered to right to lead off the bottom of the inning for the Yankees to briefly tie the game. New York continued to tee off on Verlander, with Aaron Judge singling and Gleyber Torres doubling to left. After Giancarlo Stanton struck out, Aaron Hicks homered to set the game's final score.

New York held on for the win despite recording just one more hit in the game.

Houston started a rally in the seventh when Springer singled and Jose Altuve walked with one out. However, Aaron Boone called on Zack Britton, who quickly got out of the inning.

Verlander's final line looked better than it began. He went seven innings, striking out nine and walking none.

James Paxton lasted six innings for the Yankees, striking out nine and walking four.

The clubs will play Game 6 back in Texas on Saturday night because of Game 4's postponement earlier this week. Both teams are expected to use a bullpen approach with Gerrit Cole looming for the Astros in a potential Game 7.



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James Paxton Pitches Yankees To Game 5 Win, Close To 3-2 In ALCS

Oct 19, 2019 2:09 AM

A day after a brutal loss, and with little margin for more errors, the Yankees played like a 103-win team. James Paxton chilled Houston's bats and the bullpen followed with shutdown relief to beat the Astros 4-1 Friday night, cutting New York's AL Championship Series deficit to 3-2.

"I wasn't ready to go home yet," Paxton said, "so I wanted to go out and give my team everything I had and just battle away."

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Recap: Astros Beat Yankees 8-3, Take 3-1 ALCS Lead

Oct 18, 2019 9:05 AM

The New York Yankees scored first in the bottom of the first when Brett Gardner walked with the bases loaded, but the Houston Astros dominated the remainder of Thursday night's rescheduled ALCS Game 4.

The Astros took control en route to an 8-3 win with three-run home runs by George Springer and Carlos Correa in the third and sixth innings, respectively. Gary Sanchez answered with a three-run homer of his own in the bottom of the sixth, but that would be all for New York's scoring.

Houston added insurance runs in each of the game's final two innings.

Zack Greinke was good for the Astros, going 4 1/3 innings with five strikeouts and four walks. He allowed one run on three hits. Conversely, Masahiro Tanaka struggled. Over five innings, he allowed four runs (three runs) on four hits. He had been lights out this postseason. It didn't help that the Yankees committed four errors.

Facing elimination, the Yankees will face Justin Verlander in Game 5 on Friday night. Should they extend the series to a Game 6, Gerrit Cole awaits.


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Astros Power Past Yankees To Take 3-1 Series Lead

Oct 18, 2019 1:35 AM

George Springer and Carlos Correa each hit three-run homers and the Houston Astros got another wild ace off the hook to beat the sloppy New York Yankees 8-3 Thursday night and reach the cusp of a second World Series visit in three years.

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Recap: Howie Kendrick Named MVP As Nationals Sweep Cardinals

Oct 16, 2019 8:51 AM

The Washington Nationals are headed to their first-ever World Series as there was little doubt about the outcome of Tuesday's Game 4 against the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Nationals jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first inning and hardly looked back as Howie Kendrick took home NLCS MVP honors. Patrick Corbin was good enough on the mound, allowing four runs over five innings but striking out 12 batters. The Washington bullpen allowed just one hit over the final four innings of the game.

In 10 playoff games, Kendrick is hitting .289/.341/.474 with a home run and nine RBI.

Washington sent Dakota Hudson into the dugout early, shelling him for five hits and all seven runs (four earned) in just 1/3 of an inning. Adam Wainwright stopped the bleeding and the bullpen held firm, but the damage had been done.

At one point the Nationals were 19-31 and they needed to win the National League Wild Card Game just to get into the NLDS. They are just the fourth time in Major League history to reach the World Series after being 12 games under .500.

The Astros will wait for the winner of the ALCS, but will be traveling to either Houston or New York for Games 1 and 2 of the World Series.


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Recap: Gerrit Cole Silences Yankees As Astros Take Game 3

Oct 16, 2019 8:40 AM

The Houston Astros beat the New York Yankees 4-1 in Game 3 of the ALCS on Tuesday afternoon.

Gerrit Cole wasn't perfect, walking five and scattering four hits, but he struck out seven and didn't allow a run over seven innings. New York's lone run, a Gleyber Torres home run, was hit off Joe Smith in the eighth.

Luis Severino had six strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings, but surrendered two home runs -- one to Jose Altuve in the first and another to Josh Reddick in the second.

Houston broke the game open in the seventh with a pair of runs. Altuve scored on a wild pitch from Zack Britton and Yuli Gurriel followed that up with a sacrifice fly to score Michael Brantley.

Aside from Torres' home run, the Yankees failed to threaten in the late innings. Their greatest chance for a multi-score inning came in the first when D.J. LeMahieu and Aaron Judge singled to open the frame. Cole got two quick outs before walking Torres to load the bases. Didi Gregorius then grounded out to end the rally.

Cole has now won 19 straight decisions.

The clubs are scheduled to play Game 4 on Wednesday night, but the forecast in New York is calling for significant rain.


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Gerrit Cole Pitches Astros To Game 3 Win Over Yankees

Oct 16, 2019 2:26 AM

Astros ace Gerrit Cole did not have his best stuff against the potent Yankees offense in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series on Tuesday. 

Cole went seven often-laborious innings in Houston's 4-1 win, striking out seven and walking a career-high-tying five batters. But he held New York to just four hits over his seven scoreless frames, extending his streak of starts without a loss to 25, dating back to May 22.

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Nationals Head To World Series With Sweep Of Cardinals

Oct 16, 2019 2:23 AM

Extending their stunning turnaround, the wild-card Nationals got RBI from middle-of-the-order stars Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto in a seven-run first inning Tuesday night, and Patrick Corbin's 12-strikeout performance plus a trio of relievers helped hold on to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-4 in Game 4 to complete a sweep in the NLCS.

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Recap: Nationals Remain Hot, Take 3-0 Lead Over Cardinals

Oct 15, 2019 7:45 AM

Stephen Strasburg went seven strong innings on Monday night as the Washington Nationals beat the St. Louis Cardinals 8-1 to take a 3-0 lead in the NLCS.

Strasburg had 12 strikeouts without a single walk. He allowed seven hits, but just one run (unearned).

When the Cardinals reached base, they went 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position. Their greatest chance came when Jose Martinez and Yadier Molina singled to begin the seventh inning. After Tommy Edman stuck out, Paul DeJong singled to left. Martinez scored on a throwing error and Molina advanced to second. The threat ended, however, when Matt Wieters and Dexter Fowler struck out.

The Nationals broke the game open against Jack Flaherty in the third. Adam Eaton had an RBI single, Anthony Rendon recorded an RBI double and Howie Kendrick doubled to center to score two runs. Already with a 4-0 lead, Washington added two runs in the fifth and another in the sixth.

Still leading 7-1 after the Cardinals got on the board, Ryan Zimmerman added an insurance run in the seventh.

Flaherty struggled, allowing four runs on five hits in four innings. He had allowed four runs over his first 13 playoff innings.

The Nationals are one win away from Washington's first World Series in 86 years.

Patrick Corbin will start in Game 4 against Dakota Hudson for the Cardinals.


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