ALCS: Yankees Rally Late, Tie ALCS at 2-2
On Tuesday night in the Bronx, the New York Yankees rallied from a 4-0 deficit late, to steal Game four and tie the ALCS with the Houston Astros at 2-2.
After their explosive 8-1 victory on Monday, the Yankees sent Sonny Gray to the mound and the righty responded with five innings of one hit ball, allowing two runs (1 earned), two walks and struck out four batters.
For the Astros, Lance McCullers, starting his second career post season game, tossed six innings, allowing two hits, two walks and struck out three batters.
Both pitchers kept the game scoreless until the top of the sixth when the Astros broke through for three runs on a bases loaded clearing double from Yuli Gurriel. Then in the top of the seventh, Houston added a run on a fielding error from Starlin Castro, allowing Marwin Gonzalez to score the fourth Houston run of the game.
The Yankees have been dominate at home winning 51 games, which was third in the majors in 2017 and in the postseason so far New York was 4-0 coming into Game four, so a 4-0 deficit to the Astros wasn’t enough to end their streak.
The comeback started in the bottom of the seventh when Aaron Judge hit his second home run of the series, a solo shot and Gary Sanchez hit a sac-fly to right field scoring Didi Gregorius to pull within 4-2.
In the bottom of the eighth, the runs kept coming as New York posted four to take a 6-4 lead. Brett Gardner got the scoring going on a ground out plating Todd Frazier. Judge’s bat stayed hot as he laced a double to left field scoring Jacoby Ellsbury and Sanchez put the icing on the cake, lacing a double to right center, scoring Judge and Gregorius all the way from first base to put the Yankees up for good.
Aroldis Chapman was called on in the ninth to save the game, and it took only three batters as he retired the Astros in order striking out Gurriel and Alex Bregman and inducing a fly ball off the bat of Evan Gattis to end the game and guarantee the series would shift back to Houston for at least a Game six.