“To take that momentum we got at home and take it on the road,’’ said Judge, who leads the club with 10 postseason RBI. “That’s what we did when we played in Cleveland. We won the two at Custom Golden State Warriors Jerseys
home and went to Cleveland and won Game 5. Just keep that momentum and keep playing our game.’’
Even with the benefits of home, where they are 6-0 this postseason, the Yankees knew they had an especially tough task at hand in Game 5 facing Keuchel. The 2015 Cy Young Award winner came in with a career ERA of 1.09 in eight starts against the Yankees, including the playoffs, the
lowest of any pitcher who had ever thrown at least 50 innings against them.
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in Game 1, a 2-1 Houston victory, and he represented the Astros’ best hope for returning to Texas ahead in the series.
But after Keuchel easily retired the first five batters he faced, Starlin Castro ripped a double to the wall in left-center – at 111.4 mph, it was the hardest ball Castro has hit all year – and Bird followed with a single to the right-field corner that drove in the game’s first run. Spell broken.
“Getting on a great pitcher like that early is key,’’ Bird said. “You try to take advantage of those situations. Starlin getting on there and getting in scoring position, Custom New England Patriots Jerseys
it puts pressure on him early. It doesn’t let him settle in.’’
Keuchel never did, hitting the showers after giving up four runs in 4 2/3 innings, or three fewer than the Yankees had scored off him in eight previous starts.
That was more than enough for a brilliant Masahiro Tanaka, whose outing was a near carbon copy of his series-turning start against Cleveland. Just like in that Game 3, Tanaka threw seven shutout innings while allowing a mere three hits and walking one.
Tanaka was more animated than usual, which Judge attributed to the buzz created by the sellout crowd of 49,647.
“That stadium’s alive,’’ Judge said. “They come in force every game, they’re in every pitch. I’ve never seen anything like it.’’
He won’t in Houston either, at least not on his side.
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