The Houston Astros’ 2-0 lead in the American League Champion Series feels like a lifetime ago.
The New York Yankees defeated the Astros 5-0 in game five of the ALCS to take a 3-2 lead in the series.
The Yankees finally got to Dallas Keuchel and the Astros Cy Young award winner was out-dueled by Masahiro Tanaka. Keuchel gave up allowed four runs on seven hits over 4 2/3 innings. Tanaka pitched seven scoreless innings, while striking out eight and walking one.
The Astros struggles with runners in scoring position continued. Houston was 0-for-6 with runner’s scoring position entering the ninth inning before Carlos Correa hit a meaningless double.
The Yankees young starts came through in the clutch for New York. Aaron Judge drove in a run with a double in the third and Gary Sanchez hit a home run off Brad Peacock in the seventh, Sanchez had two RBIs.
Plain and simple the Yankees stepped up in game five and the Astros didn’t. The series isn’t over, Houston has two more games at home. That is the Astros’ only hope.