9th Inning: The Yankees take Game 1 of the A.L.C.S.
The Yankees’ torrid postseason continued on Saturday as they won Game 1 of the American League Championship Series, 7-0, seizing home field advantage away from the Houston Astros.
Masahiro Tanaka pitched brilliantly over six innings, holding Houston to one hit — a single by Kyle Tucker — and a walk, while Gleyber Torres did most of the damage offensively. Torres hit a home run, a run-scoring double, a two-run single and knocked in five runs to lead the charge. The Astros only managed three hits in the shutout.
Giancarlo Stanton and Gio Urshela also homered for the Yankees, who were able to keep the normally loud Houston crowd silent for virtually the whole game. The Yankees are now 4-0 in the postseason.
The Astros won a league-high 107 games during the regular season, including 60 at home, also the most in the majors. But the Yankees chipped away at Houston starter Zack Greinke, who has lost two consecutive starts in the postseason and has given up five home runs in the two games.
Now, the Yankees can clinch a World Series berth without winning another game in Houston.
8th Inning: The Astros have struggled on offense for a few games.
The Yankees are in a very strong position, as the Astros are down to their final three outs after failing to score in the eighth.
Houston’s offense has been flat for a few games. In Game 5 of the division series, the Astros scored six runs, but four of them came in the first inning when Tampa Bay Rays starter Ryan Glasnow was possibly tipping his pitches. Houston only scored seven runs in the previous three games, and several of its hitters have been struggling.
If the Astros can’t rally, there will be a lot of pressure on Justin Verlander in Game 2 on Sunday.
7th Inning: Gleyber Torres strikes again to extend the Yankees’ lead.
The Yankees have blown the game open with a two-out rally against relief pitcher Ryan Pressly. Not surprisingly, Gleyber Torres had the big hit, going down to get a full-count curve ball and serving it into center field for a bloop single. Didi Gregorius, who started the rally with a single to right, and D.J. LeMahieu scored while Torres moved to second base on the throw to home plate.