In what could only be termed a thorough shellacking, the New York Yankees defeated the Houston Astros tonight in game 3 of the American League Championship Series at Yankee stadium. Although the score hardly reflects it, Charlie Morton didn't pitch poorly at all in the loss. Still, it wasn't enough to match the effort of the Yanks' CC Sabathia, who shut down the Astros offense even as the Yankee bats came alive.
Here's how Houstonia's 'Stro Stories called the game as it happened:
10:20 p.m.: In the top of the ninth, Dellin Betances was on the mound for the Yanks, and he faced Gonzalez, Fisher (in or Reddick) and Maybin. After Gonzalez walked on four pitches, and Fisher walked after taking the count to 3-2, Betances was taken out and replaced by Tommy Kahnle. Maybin singled to load the bases, bringing up Springer who struck out. Bregman walked, scoring Gonzalez. Yankees 8, Astros 1. Then Altuve grounded into a double play to end the game.
10:15 p.m.: Gary Sanchez flied out deep to Maybin in left. Greg Bird then walked, and Starlin Castro struck out. Hicks flied out to center to end the inning.
10:05 p.m.: Top of the eighth, and Carlos Correa sent Hicks to the wall but flied out. Yuli Gurriel flied out deep as well, to right center, and Evan Gattis fouled out to end the inning.
9:50 p.m.: Bottom of the seventh: Gardner was out, then Judge struck out. Gregorius followed by bouncing out to Altuve to end the inning.
9:40 p.m.: In the top of the seventh, Cameron Maybin faced the Yanks' new pitcher Adam Warren, who came in to relieve CC Sabathia. Maybin walked, bringing up the top of the order. Springer struck out, Bregman flied out to the second baseman, and Altuve bounced to short to end the inning.
9:30 p.m.: In the bottom half of the inning, Hicks and Frazier both bounced out to Correa, followed by Headley, who struck out.
9:15 p.m.: The top of the sixth saw Carlos Correa lead things off by hitting an infield single off Gregorius's glove. Then Yuli Gurriel followed by striking out, and Gattis by flying out. Gonzalez appeared to have bounced out to Gregorius, but instead, the Yanks' shortstop threw the ball away, leaving Astros on first and third for Josh Reddick. Reddick bounced out to the pitcher to end the inning.
9:10 p.m.: Gary Sanchez led off the bottom of the fifth for the Yankees with Collin McHugh taking over on the mound. Sanchez bounced out to short. Bird flied out sharply to Reddick in right, and Castro popped out to right center to end the inning.
9:00 p.m.: Starting the top of the fifth inning in the deepest of holes, Josh Reddick led off for the Astros by walking. Cameron Maybin then hit a hard fly ball to right that Judge made a nice catch of. George Springer got his first hit of the series, stroking a single to left, which brought up Bregman, who flied out to Judge. With runners on first and second and two out, Altuve grounded out to third to end the inning.
8:30 p.m.: Bird led off the bottom of the fourth by doubling to left. Castro followed by bouncing out to third, not advancing the runner. Next up, Hicks, took the count to 3-2 and then flied out deep to Reddick, which did advance Bird to third. With two outs, the next batter was Frazier, who'd homered his first time up. This time, he walked. That brought up Headley, who was thus far 0-16 in the series. With the count 3-2 and runners on first and third, Headley hit a bouncer up the middle that Altuve had no play on. All runners were safe and a run scored. Yankees 4, Astros 0. Next, Gardner was hit by a pitch and the bases were loaded for Aaron Judge. At that point, Astros manager A.J. Hinch elected to pull Morton and bring in Will Harris for relief. Harris's second pitch to Judge was a wild one, and Frazier scored from third. Yankees 5, Astros 0. Following that, Judge stroked a three-run home run to blow the game wide open. Yankees 8, Astros 0. As Astros starter Collin McHugh began warming up in the bullpen, Altuve made another brilliant play to finally end the bloody inning.
8:20 p.m.: The top of the fourth, and perhaps a shift in momentum was in the works after Altuve's superb diving stop at second. Yuli Gurriel led things off by flying out deep to Judge in right. He was followed by Gattis, who flied out to short right center, and Gonzalez, who bounced out to short to end the inning.
8:15 p.m.: The scent of lost opportunities still hung heavily in the air as the top of the Yankees' order took the plate in the bottom of the fourth. After Gardner flied out to Maybin in left, Judge walked and Gregorius hit a ball that Altuve stopped with a brilliant dive, throwing him out. (Gregorius was originally ruled safe at first but on review the call was overturned.) Following him, Sanchez bounced out to Bregman at third to end the inning.
8:00 p.m.: Josh Reddick led off the top of the third by flying out sharply to the second baseman Castro, and Cameron Maybin bounced out to Castro. Now back at the top of the order, Springer walked and Bregman stroked a long single to left. That put runners on first and third for Altuve, who also walked, loading the bases for Carlos Correa. Carlos popped out to end the inning.
7:50 p.m.: Yanks catcher Gary Sanchez led off the bottom of the second by flying out to Springer in second. Greg Bird, their first baseman, struck out on three pitches, and second baseman Starlin Castro stroked a swinging bunt down the third base line for an infield single. That brought up Aaron Hicks with two outs. The Yanks' center fielder flared a single to center putting runners on first and second for Todd Frazier. The third baseman hit a three-run home run over the right field wall, and the Yanks took an early lead. Yankees 3, Astros 0. Chase Headley, the designated hitter, lined out to right to end the inning.
7:40 p.m.: Carlos Correa was the first batter for the Astros in the top of the second and Carlos struck out. Yuli Gurriel was next to the plate, and he flied out moderately deep to left center. Yuli was followed by Evan Gattis, who walked to bring up Marwin Gonzalez, but Marwin struck out looking to end the inning.
7:20 p.m.: Left fielder Brett Gardner led off for the Yankees in the bottom of the first by striking out against Charlie Morton. That brought up star right fielder Aaron Judge, who also struck out. The inning's third batter was shortstop Didi Gregorius, who dropped a perfect two-out bunt single down the third base line. Moments after arriving at first, however, Morton served up a superlative pick-off throw, and Gregorius was out to end the inning.
7:10 p.m.: And we are under way at Yankee Stadium. In the top of the first, George Springer bounced out to third baseman Todd Frazier to open the inning, while Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve struck out.
7:00 p.m.: We're just moments away from the start of tonight's game, and here's the Astros' starting line-up. Note: for tonight's game, Yuli Gurriel will be DH with Marwin Gonzalez playing first base. Evan Gattis will be catching and Cameron Maybin will start in left.
1. George Springer (CF)
2. Alex Bregman (3B)
3. Jose Altuve (2B)
4. Carlos Correa (SS)
5. Yuli Gurriel (DH)
6. Evan Gattis (C)
7. Marwin Gonzalez (1B)
8. Josh Reddick (RF)
9. Cameron Maybin (LF)
P: Charlie Morton