Aaron Judge robbed Yuli Gurriel of a homer in the second inning, but the Astros' offense made up for it with a pair of homers capped off by a two-RBI double by former Yankee Brian McCann in a 4-0 win over the Yankees on Saturday in Game 7 of the ALCS. >> Box score
The Yankees could not get anything going against Houston starter Charlie Morton, who blanked New York for five innings, allowing just two hits and a walk while striking out five.
Lance McCullers Jr. proved to be just as difficult of a challenge for the Yankees, as he tossed four shutout innings in relief to lock up the win for Houson. The Yankees totaled just three hits on the night.
Yankees starter CC Sabathia lasted just three and 1/3 innings, allowing one run on five hits while walking three batters. Astros batters then pounced on Tommy Kahnle, who was charged with three runs on four hits in 1 and 1/3 inning.
Evan Gattis went deep of Sabathia in the fourth to score the game's first run, then Jose Altuve followed with another homer in the fifth before McCann piled it on with his two-RBI double.
The Astros will travel to Los Angeles, where the Dodgers will host Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday.
The Yankees simply left their bats in New York for this series and it proved to be the difference.
Regardless of the disappointing pitching efforts from Severino in Game 6 and Sabathia in Game 7, the Yankees couldn't muster anything when it mattered with a chance to move on to the World Series. There were chances squandered as the Astros pitchers stepped up in pressure situations and Houston's defense made fantastic plays, but a majority of the problem was a collective ineptitude at the plate. Three runs across four games just doesn't cut it.
There is some frustration because the Yankees - not expected to be in the playoffs - proved they had what it takes to get as far as the ALCS. The Yankees continued to fight back after going down 0-2 in the series, but simply could not finish off the Astros on the road. The Yankees did not play terribly on the road in the regular season (40-41), but went 1-6 away from Yankee Stadium this postseason. That's something that will have to improve going forward.
In the end, the big takeaway from this Yankees season is that it is just the beginning of what might be an exceptional run. There will be more to come after an ALCS appearance that went the full seven games, marking an exceptional start of a "rebuild." The Yankees flaunt young and extremely talented players at the major league level with highly touted prospects on the horizon. Combine that with an organization that can afford to mix in complementary veterans and the future is bright for the Yankees.