PLAYOFF CENTRAL: Yanks Come From Behind to Tie Up Series With Astros in Game Four At Yankee Stadium

Published on: 17th October, 2017


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Make no mistake. In Yankees lore, the famous games and famous players who have worn the pinstripes can easily render a game like tonight’s Game Four of the American League Championship Series a small blip on any review of Yankees history. 

But, that would be incorrect.

Tonight’s game lived up to the greatest moments in the storied franchise’s history, with the Bombers coming back in the eighth inning from a four-run deficit against the Houston Astros after being held to one hit for the first six innings. The building was quiet. The fans had those looks of resignation associated with inevitable defeat.

Then, all of a sudden, the place went crazy.

With the Stadium producing sound it seldom has since it opened in 2009, the Yankees rallied against a suspect bullpen to beat the Astros, 6-4, Tuesday night in front of a delirious crowd of 48,804 that would have made Yankees historians proud.

A two-games-to-none deficit to the defending American League champion Indians in the Division Series didn’t faze the Yankees. Neither did the same hole they found themselves in against the Astros in the ALCS.

Didn’t think a pesky four-run deficit in the seventh inning of Game 4 would, did you?


Sanchez hit the big double to the opposite field

Gary Sanchez’s two-run double off closer Ken Giles with one out in the eighth inning broke a 4-4 tie and completed a comeback from the 4-0 hole in the seventh.

The Yankees tied the best-of-seven series at two games apiece. In a rematch of Game 1, a 2-1 Astros victory, Masahiro Tanaka faces Dallas Keuchel in Game 5 Wednesday at 5:08 p.m.

Todd Frazier led off the eighth against Joe Musgrove with a single, and Chase Headley, hitting for Austin Romine, sent one into the gap in left-center. Frazier was held at third and Headley stumbled and fell after taking a wide turn at first. He got up and somehow made it to second, giving the Yankees runners at second and third, none out.

A.J. Hinch brought on Giles to face for Brett Gardner. Giles got ahead 1-and-2 before Gardner grounded to second, which brought in Frazier to make it 4-3 and moved Headley to third. Jacoby Ellsbury pinch ran and Houston moved the infield in. It didn’t matter. Giles threw a slider low and Judge, who homered to lead off the seventh, reached out and lined it off the leftfield wall for a double that tied it at 4.

Judge got the Yankees started with a home run

Didi Gregorius, who tripled and scored on Sanchez’s sacrifice fly in the seventh to make it 4-2, trickled a single to left. Giles fell behind Sanchez 2-and-0 before throwing a 99-mph fastball that Sanchez sliced on a line to right-center for the go-ahead runs. He entered the at-bat 6-for-40 with 15 strikeouts in the postseason.

Aroldis Chapman, with a 1.29 ERA his first five appearances of the playoffs, worked a perfect ninth for the save.

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By the end, both starters’ days were largely forgotten. Sonny Gray, receiving no run support as usual, allowed two runs (one earned) and one hit in five innings. In his 21 1/3-inning postseason career, Gray never has been given a run to work with. Houston righthander Lance McCullers allowed one run, on the Judge homer, and two hits in six innings.

Gray struck out two of three in a perfect fifth but would not make it out of the sixth, suddenly losing his command.

George Springer worked a leadoff walk, on four pitches, and Josh Reddick reached on a catcher’s interference. After Gray delivered a ball to Altuve, Joe Girardi trotted to the mound and brought in David Robertson. The righthander fell behind 3-and-1 before walking the MVP candidate to load the bases for Carlos Correa.

Robertson struck out Correa swinging at a curveball in the dirt, bringing up Yuli Gurriel. The reliever hung a 1-and-1 curveball that Gurriel lined past a diving Frazier at third to clear the bases and, at least momentarily, quiet the roaring crowd.

McCullers kept the crowd out of it in the bottom half, retiring the Yankees in order on 14 pitches, which left him at 80.

The Astros added on in the seventh against Chad Green. Marwin Gonzalez doubled with one out and scored when ex-Yankee Brian McCann stung a grounder to Castro in short right. Castro, there because of the shift, fielded the ball cleanly but lost it on the transfer, the ball trickling away. Gonzalez came in to make it 4-0.

Judge led off the seventh by destroying a first-pitch curveball to center for his second homer in as many days and third of the postseason. In came Chris Devenski, and Gregorius greeted him with a triple to left-center. Sanchez lined a sacrifice to right, making it 4-2.

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