The Baby Bombers just keep on adding to their season’s magical lore with Wednesday night’s victory, completing their improbable comeback after being down 0-2 to defeat the heavily favored Cleveland Indians in game five of the ALDS. Now, it’s time to take these young Yankees for real as they head to Houston to take on the Astros in the ALCS.
Didi Gregorius opened up the scoring right out of the gate in the first inning with a solo homer to right field off Indians ace and Cy Young candidate Corey Kluber. Just two innings later, Gregorius would come up again and crush another home run, this time a two-run shot, increasing the Yankees’ lead to a 3-0.
Yankees game five starter CC Sabathia would cruise through four scoreless frames, before turning the ball over to David Robertson after two Indian runs crossed the plate on back-to-back RBI singles from Roberto Perez and Giovanny Urshela. Robertson threw just two pitches to get Francisco Lindor to ground into 6-3 double play to get out of the jam, keeping the score at 3-2.
Four innings later, the Yankees would score two insurance runs to extend their lead to 5-2 The lead gave Aroldis Chapman, who entered in the eighth, some breathing room to complete a six-out save. The performance will send the Yankees to the ALCS for the first time since 2012, where they will face the Astros in a best-of-7 series on FOX/FS1 beginning Friday at 8 PM EST. Houston is set to throw 2015 AL Cy Young award winner Dallas Keuchel in game one as the Yankees will likely go with Masahiro Tanaka or Sonny Gray.
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