The Yankees lost 8-3 to the Astros at home in Thursday's Game 4 of the ALCS, falling down 3-1 in the series. They will try to keep their season alive in Game 5 on Friday at 7:08 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees lost to the Astros 8-3 on Thursday night, and now trail 3-1 in the ALCS. Starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka wasn't his best during Game 4, allowing a three-run homer to George Springer in the third inning. Relief pitcher Chad Green came in for Tanaka in the sixth inning, and gave up a three-run home run to Carlos Correa that made the score 6-1.
The Yankees couldn't get much going on offense, as the team managed just five hits and went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position. Brett Gardner walked with the bases loaded in the first inning to give the team an early 1-0 lead. And then Gary Sanchez delivered with a two-run home run in the sixth inning, cutting the Astros lead to 6-3.
CC Sabathia injured his shoulder during Game 4, and was later diagnosed with a subluxation of the left shoulder joint. He was removed from the ALCS roster on Friday, and replaced by Ben Heller. Giancarlo Stanton will be in the starting lineup as a DH and bat cleanup in Game 5... it's his first time playing since he injured his quad in Game 1 of the ALCS.
|George Springer, RF||DJ Lemahieu, 1B|
|Jose Altuve, 2B||Aaron Judge, RF|
|Michael Brantley, LF||Gleyber Torres, 2B|
|Alex Bregman, 3B||Giancarlo Stanton, DH|
|Yuli Gurriel, 1B||Aaron Hicks, CF|
|Carlos Correa, SS||Gary Sanchez, C|
|Yordan Alvarez, DH||Didi Gregorius, SS|
|Robinson Chirinos, C||Gio Urshela, 3B|
|Jake Marisnick, CF||Brett Gardner, LF|
Who is starting for the Yankees?
LHP James Paxton threw just 2.1 innings in Game 2 of the ALCS in Houston, despite allowing just one earned run on four hits. He struck out three batters and walked just one in the game.
In his other postseason start, he allowed three earned runs and struck out eight over 4.2 innings against the Twins in the ALDS. Paxton has been strong at home this season, going 7-3 with a 3.35 ERA in 15 starts at Yankee Stadium.
Who is starting for the Astros?
RHP Justin Verlander bounced back in Game 2 of the ALCS after a rough ALDS performance against the Rays. He threw 6.2 innings and allowed just two earned runs against the Yankees.
Verlander struck out seven and walked two, while allowing five hits in the Astros 3-2 victory. He has a 1.19 ERA and 28 strikeouts in three playoff starts against the Yankees as a member of the Astros.
If the Yankees win Game 5 on Friday night, then Game 6 of the ALCS will be in Houston on Saturday night at 8:08 p.m. at Minute Maid Park.