Yankees lose Game 1 of the ALCS as homers from Yuli Gurriel and Chas McCormick within the sixth lead the Houston Astros to a 4-2 win – with Justin Verlander striking out ELEVEN Latest York batters
- Astros starter Justin Verlander had a incredible night, fanning eleven and giving up just one earned run as Houston took game one at home Wednesday night
- Home runs from Yuli Gurriel and Chas McCormick broke a 1-1 deadlock within the sixth
- The Yankees couldn’t find consistent offense with pitchers giving up seven hits
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Justin Verlander rebounded masterfully following a scuffling begin to his outing and the Houston Astros bashed three home runs en path to 4-2 victory over the Latest York Yankees in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series on Wednesday.
Yuli Gurriel, Chas McCormick and Jeremy Pena slugged solo home runs for the Astros, who will play host to Game 2 within the best-of-seven series on Thursday.
Verlander (1-0) needed 66 pitches to finish three innings, 22 pitches of them in the primary inning, when he stranded two baserunners.
Two batters into the second, Latest York’s Harrison Bader clubbed his fourth home run of the postseason, a 411-foot blast to left-center field that provided the Yankees a 1-0 lead. Verlander allowed three of the following six batters to succeed in base before finding his groove.
Justin Verlander fanned eleven Yankees batters and gave up just one earned run within the win
Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel hit a solo home run within the sixth inning to take the lead
His run began with a strikeout of Josh Donaldson with Anthony Rizzo and Giancarlo Stanton in scoring position within the third. Verlander then recorded a called third strike on Matt Carpenter to strand each runners and followed by striking out the side within the fourth, all swinging.
When Verlander fanned Gleyber Torres to open the fifth, it marked his sixth consecutive strikeout. He struck out Donaldson and Carpenter again to shut the sixth and cap his 11-strikeout night.
Verlander allowed one run on three hits and one walk while increasing his profession postseason strikeout total to 219 — probably the most in major league history. The 39-year-old veteran passed Clayton Kershaw’s total of 213 postseason K’s.
Verlander threw 103 pitches, 69 for strikes, while logging his eighth postseason start with 10-plus whiffs.
That lead stuck, with the Astros winning Game 1 of the American League Championship Series
The Astros immediately erased the Yankees’ one-run lead in the underside of the second. Martin Maldonado followed a two-out single from McCormick with an RBI double to right off Jameson Taillon.
Houston threatened again within the fifth when Pena chased Taillon with a one-out double, but Yankees reliever Clarke Schmidt snuffed a bases-loaded threat by inducing Kyle Tucker to roll into an inning-ending double play.
An inning later, the Astros rallied against Schmidt (0-1).
Yankees reliever Clarke Schmidt gave up two solo home runs and was credited with the loss
Gurriel opened the sixth with a line-drive homer to left that snapped the 1-1 deadlock. Two batters later, McCormick drilled a Schmidt sinker the other technique to right. When Pena stroked a leadoff homer to left off Frankie Montas within the seventh, the Astros had a three-run lead.
Houston closer Ryan Pressly recorded 4 outs for the save, turning back the Yankees after Rizzo homered off Astros reliever Rafael Montero with two outs and two strikes within the eighth.
The Yankees and Astros play again tomorrow night at Minute Maid Park in Houston – with Latest York starting Luis Severino to match Houston’s Framber Valdez.