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Verlander Outduels Severino in Battle of the Aces

Lights-out pitching took center stage again Saturday as the Astros skated by in a 2-1 finish over the Yankees to take a 2-0 lead in the Championship Series. to take a 2-0 lead in the Championship Series. Luis Severino dealt four innings of one-run, zero-strikeout ball before making a premature exit on a comebacker to his left wrist, while Justin Verlander capped his first postseason complete game and 10th win with five hits, a run, and 13 strikeouts.

The Yankee dugout was already nervous, while the lineup was mostly subdued by Justin Verlander. Correa drove in both of the Astros runs, homering in the bottom of the 4th to open the scoring. Verlander and the Yankees bullpen cruised until the bottom of the ninth, when Jose Altuve singled off Mariano Rivera-wannabe Aroldis Chapman. It was hard to hear announcer Joe Buck over the crowd noise. That brought up Carlos Correa, which reminds me of the now-old saying: “Holy crap, are Altuve and Correa up every inning?”

Correa hit a ball into the gap, but Aaron Judge cut it off. It shouldn’t have been a double (even though it was), but more importantly, it shouldn’t have scored the runner from first. And if Gary Sanchez catches the ball, it doesn’t. driving in Altuve as the walk-off run. Considering that Altuve would have been at third with just one out, it wasn’t the best send. It wasn’t the best send at all! But it worked. as earlier the game was flipped upside down on the Yankees sending a runner who shouldn’t have been sent (Brett Gardner) and the Astros doing the same, with just one defense doing their job. Words just don’t do justice for that type of ending. The Yankees are now only 2 games away from elimination.

Game 3 of the ALCS is set for 8:00 PM ET on Monday, when the series shifts to New York for Games 3 and 4. Charlie Morton (14-7, 3.62 ERA) will help the Astros hunt for a 3-0 lead as CC Sabathia (14-5, 3.69 ERA) prepares to fight for his first postseason win since 2012.

 

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