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Wow, that was one heck of a game. Many people had written off the Yankees after their loss in Game 4, but the Yankees had other ideas tonight. After failing with runners in scoring position all series, the Yankees finally broke through tonight. Verlander again proved that he can be beaten in the playoffs, and the Yanks were finally able to capitalize on hung pitches in the strike zone.
I also am willing to toot my own horn a bit: I thought that Paxton could go toe-to-toe with Verlander tonight. Somewhat tongue-in-cheek, I said in today’s Mailbag that Paxton would go 6 innings and strikeout 10 batters. Well, I was almost right: Paxton went 6 innings with 9 Ks. I’d say that I came close enough.
More importantly, the Yankees pulled the ALCS to 3-2. The hard part starts tomorrow night in Houston: re-create tonight two more times. Let’s recap tonight’s masterpiece:
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If I told you that Luis Cessa threw two innings, but didn’t tell you the final score of Game 3 of the ALCS, you would probably assume that the Yankees lost by a large margin. While the Yankees lost 4-1 to fall behind in the series 2-1, it was an exciting game, and the Yankees had Gerrit Cole more than once. Sadly, the Yankee offense was not able to capitalize despite the fact that Severino kept the Yankees in the ballgame despite pitching without his A-level command again.
The Astros are a great team, but games like Tuesday (and Game 2, for that matter) are the type that could make the Yankees lose some sleep. This was a winnable game, and what’s worse is that I’m not sure that anything could have been done differently.
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The ALDS match-up between the Yankees and Twins has been billed as a series featuring two powerful offenses forced to bludgeon each other into submission. Thus far, only one side has lived up to that billing. Yankee pitching remained highly effective early Saturday evening, while the Yanks’ offense remained highly potent, pushing the Twins to the brink with an 8-2 win to move ahead in the ALDS 2-0 over the Twins. With the win, the Yankees have a chance to move on with a sweep on Monday night in Minnesota. For now though, the Yankees and their fans can revel in yet another dominant performance.
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