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About Last Night: Astros 3, Yankees 2

By Derek McAdam

October 21, 2022

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The Yankees lost the 2nd game of the ALCS against the Astros by a 3-2 score, and now are down 2-0 going back to New York for the crucial Games 3 and 4.


Quick Stats:

  • Luis Severino 5.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K

  • Jonathan Loaisiga: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB

  • Yankees 7-9 Hitters: 0-for-9, 5 K

The Big Story:

In the third inning, Alex Bregman gave the Astros their lone three runs with a three-run home run to put the first runs on the board for either team. In the top of the 4th, Anthony Rizzo hit a sacrifice fly to cut the Astros’ lead to 3-1. Gleyber Torres then slapped a single into left field to score a run and make the game a 3-2 Astros’ lead. Ultimately, these would be the only runs scored for either team.


The pitching was terrific on both sides.


The Yankees kept is close, but they couldn't get that third, or fourth, run.


Players of the Game:

The bullpen was the high point of this game, as they gave the team 2.2 scoreless innings of work. Jonathan Loaisiga and Wandy Peralta did their part to keep this game as close as it could possibly be.


Notable Performances:

Anthony Rizzo and Gleyber Torres were the only players to drive in runs for the Yankees, and both had notable performances in the field last night.


Aaron Judge hit a long fly ball that was within inches of going out and giving the Yankees the lead. Inches!


Better to Forget:

The entire Yankee team would love to forget last night’s game. They find themselves just two losses away from their season ending and will need big performances over the next few games or the season ends in disappointment again.


Specifically, Matt Carpenter continues to hurt the Yankees, as he is 0-for-7 this postseason with seven strikeouts.


My Take:

Once again, this was another painful loss for the Yankees. They not only are down two games to zero, but now are facing must-win games at Yankee Stadium. While these losses are disappointing, they should not be shocking. The Yankees are a team based on the home run ball, and are rarely able to hit with runners in scoring position. The pitching staff was not terrible, although Severino, once again, made one crucial mistake that cost the Yankees a win.


Carpenter continues to be a problem for the Yankees, as he has struck out in all seven at-bats this postseason.


There isn’t much else to say about the loss. The Yankees now will turn to their ace, Gerrit Cole, to try and turn this series around. Game 3 will basically determine how this series ends up. If the Yankees win, there is hope that the tides may be turning. If they lose, their season won’t be too far from being over.


It’s time to forget about these first two games and focus on the next two, because they will be the biggest games so far this season.


What’s Next?:

The Yankees head back to the Bronx to take on the Astros in Game 3 tomorrow evening. Although it is too early to determine, Lance McCullers Jr. is slated to start for the Astros, while Gerrit Cole will most likely go for the Yankees. The game is set for a 5:07 p.m. EST start from Yankee Stadium and will be broadcast on TBS.


17 Comments


Len
Len
Oct 21, 2022

All season long, I watched the batters swing and miss pitches out of the zone. I'm not seeing that very much now. Now, they are taking many pitches right down the middle of the plate, for strikes. Why? Then to make it worse, They are swinging and missing pitches right over the middle of the plate. If you can't hit middle middle pitches, you don't belong there. I'm tired of watching Donaldson, trying to hit every pitch 900 feet. He looks atrocious.


They are completely outclassed by the Astros, and I expect a four game sweep.

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Robert Malchman
Robert Malchman
Oct 21, 2022


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etbkarate
Oct 21, 2022

What bother's me the most is the post game excuses about the wind and roof being opened by Sevy (very surprised) and Boone (not too surprised). The roof was open for both teams, and the roof had nothing to do with striking out 13 times. This team was built to play one way, and one way only. They tried to change that by adding Benintendi and deleting Gallo, which was a wise move. Unfortunately, two good bat control players are unavailable (DJ and Bene). But, you have to go out and play with what you have, and these guys are not executing. Gleyber had a very good September because he was trying to hit up the middle or to the…

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fuster
Oct 21, 2022

as disheartening as it was, it was a very good baseball game.


pitching and defense


and the occasional 3-run homer.


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yankeerudy
Oct 21, 2022
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I agree that Houston played a good game. The Yankees, after their two runs, had a bad homerun derby.

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yankeesblog
Oct 21, 2022

For all the (justified) complaining about the Yankees failures with RISP the Astros are batting .125 in those situations for the entire 2022 post-season. Altuve, Alvarez and Tucker are 2 for 20 in this series. The Yankees are getting hurt by not retiring the bottom of the Astros order (Maldonado, McCormick). Pena and Bregman have killed them too.


With the exception of Judge the Yankees hitters looked over matched against Valdez last night. Gleyber Torres will go to RF on occasion but then regresses to his pull-happy long swing especially in key situations. BTW Rizzo's RBI was on a ground out not a SF.


I can't say I expected anything different. Until Bader's HR in Game 1 the only leads…


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yankeesblog
Oct 21, 2022
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C'mon you pansies!

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