After Yuli Gurriel drove in three runs on a 6th inning double to open up yesterday’s ALCS game four scoring, it looked as if the Astros would cruise to a 3-1 series lead.
Starling Castro’s run-surrendering error the following inning made that look more like a reality, with the Astros going up 4-0.
Then Aaron Judge happened.
Judge bookended the Astros comeback efforts, leading off the 7th inning with a homer to make it a 4-1 game and doubling in another run in the 8th to tie things up at 4-4.
It would ultimately be Gary Sanchez who dealt the decisive blow with his two-run double later in the inning, but Judge had been the spark plug.
And now, all of a sudden, we have a series again.
The Yankees have one last game in New York before heading back to Houston, hoping to pack their bags with a 3-2 lead in their pockets.
They will call on Masahiro Tanaka to get them there, who took the loss in game one despite giving up just two runs in six innings.
He will be opposed by Dallas Keuchel, who outdueled him in game one by striking out 10 Yankees in seven scoreless innings of work.
Here are your lineups:
The Cubs offense has ceased to exist this postseason, scoring four or more runs in just one of their eight postseason games. The defending champs will send Jake Arrieta to the mound, looking to keep the Cubs season alive in his first start of the NLCS. Arrieta gave up just one run over four innings in his last NLDS start, but was tagged for the loss with the Cubs failing to score a run.
He will be opposed by Alex Wood, who is making his 2017 postseason debut. He will also face a lineup that has scored at least five runs in four of their six postseason games.