Yankees advanced to the ALCS, after defeating the Guardians 5-1
The New York Yankees played host to the Guardians after they had previously tied the series up at two apiece. Heading into the final game of the series it was said the Yankees needed to score more runs. With home-field advantage Nestor Cortes (NYY) took the mound against Aaron Civale. Civale who made his post season debut, would come to an abrupt end. After walking Torres Civale bested Aaron Judge, striking him out on a swinging strike for the strikeout, would be quickly overlooked after Giancarlo Stanton blasted a three-run home run to put the Yankees on the board fast and early.
Stanton who has been quiet this postseason thus far came up big when the Yankees needed it. In the final game of a playoff series, it’s a great feeling to see a player come alive. Stanton would finish the game going 1-4 with a .125 batting average, however giving the Yankees a three-run lead really helped set the pace and send the Guardians to their bullpen sooner then they planned.
Capitalizing on the momentum the Aaron Judge would find himself going yard in the bottom of the second inning outing the Yankees up 4-0. A big sight to see when two power hitters are alive. You can’t win a game off just home run hitters, however seeing Stanton and Judge go long in the same game, let alone a post season game is something Yankee fans defiantly want to see more of.
Mustering five runs off six hits, the Bronx Bombers are going to have to get more wood on the ball and men on base going forward. The home run from a quiet Stanton is a good sign, however the more runners they can get on base the more runs they can produce without needing to rely on the long ball. Nestor Cortes had a good outing with control only going five innings allowing one run off three hits with two strikeouts. A good outing for the starter who will need as much rest as possible being they have won the series.
The Yankees turned the tide fast while being at home and having a day's rest after game five being rescheduled, however this will not be the case Wednesday October 19th as the Yankees are already enroute to Houston where they will take on the Astros on their home turf. A big challenge having to play a game, travel and then start a whole new series. It will be interesting to see how New York handles the challenge. Nevertheless, they have momentum on their side with a big win so you can never say never.