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Astros-Yankees ALCS Game 3: In Real Life

October 16, 2017

The Yankees beat the Astros, 8-1, on Monday to win Game 3 of the American League Championship Series presented by Camping World. We were at the scene in and around Yankee Stadium. Houston leads the best-of-seven series, 2-1.11:37 p.m. ET: And that's your ballgameDown by eight in the fifth, the

The Yankees beat the Astros, 8-1, on Monday to win Game 3 of the American League Championship Series presented by Camping World. We were at the scene in and around Yankee Stadium. Houston leads the best-of-seven series, 2-1.
11:37 p.m. ET: And that's your ballgame
Down by eight in the fifth, the Astros called on reliever Collin McHugh. His job? To get them through the rest of the game and save as much of the bullpen as possible. McHugh did just that, firing four no-hit innings. The Astros will surely thank him as they look ahead to Game 4.
With the Yankees' win, AL home teams moved to 11-2 this postseason. The Astros, meanwhile, dropped to 6-9 all time in Game 3s.

Houston didn't go down quietly. The Astros plated a run in the ninth after Dellin Betances walked a pair and Tommy Kahnle, who relieved him, issued a bases-loaded walk to Alex Bregman.

10:38 p.m. ET: Take a bow, CC
Yankees manager Joe Girardi pulled starter Carsten Sabathia after six innings and New York ahead, 8-0. The veteran had given the Yankees all they could ask for and more, excelling in a pivotal playoff game for the second time in a week. Sabathia gave New York six scoreless innings Monday, during which he allowed three hits, walked four and struck out five.

Sabathia was 9-0 after Yankees losses this season. At age 37, he became the oldest pitcher to throw six shutout innings in a postseason start since Pedro Martinez for the Phillies in the 2009 National League Championship Series.

10:02 p.m. ET: Judge bangs the gavel
These Yanks seem to play best with their backs against the wall, and tonight is no different. New York tacked on five runs in the fourth against two Houston pitchers, ballooning its Game 3 lead to 8-0.

The biggest blow? A three-run, line-drive home run from Aaron Judge off Astros reliever Will Harris, Judge's first long ball since the AL Wild Card Game.

Judge then added another defensive highlight to his night in the fifth, robbing Cameron Maybin of a hit with a diving catch. Judge covered 45 feet in 3.3 seconds, making it a four-star catch, per Statcast™.
9:25 p.m. ET: That's gonna leave a mark
Judge made a highlight-reel play to begin the fourth when he robbed Yuli Gurriel of extra bases with a leaping catch at the right-field wall. Gurriel ripped a 2-0 sinker from Sabathia that seemed headed for the right-field wall, if not over it. Judge sprinted over and leaped in stride, making the catch as he crashed into the wall. Sabathia stood on the mound with both arms up, grateful and impressed. More >

9:12 p.m. ET: Close, but not quite
The Astros seemed poised to answer in the top of the third inning after loading the bases against Sabathia, but the veteran wiggled out the jam to keep Houston off the board. A single by Bregman was sandwiched between walks to George Springer and Jose Altuve to load the bases for Carlos Correa with two outs. Correa popped out to short, ending the threat.

8:59 p.m. ET: Toddfather gives Yanks a boost
After two-out singles from Starlin Castro and Aaron Hicks, Todd Frazier launched a 1-1, four-seam fastball over the wall in right-center field to give New York a 3-0 lead. The Yankees already have more runs than in Games 1 and 2 combined.

Frazier's biggest hit as a Yankee was his first career postseason home run, and he rounded the bases triumphantly, pumping his fist and pointing into the roaring crowd. More >

8:46 p.m. ET: CC's on a roll
For his second consecutive start, Sabathia is looking sharp:

8:30 p.m. ET: Caught red-handed
Astros starter Charlie Morton started strong, striking out two in a scoreless first. Morton was born in New Jersey and went to high school in Connecticut. He seemed pumped up to be pitching so close to home, hitting 98.3 mph with his fastball in the first inning. The pitch was Morton's hardest of the season, and it aided in a strikeout of Judge. Morton then allowed a two-out bunt single to Didi Gregorius, but promptly picked Gregorius off first to end the frame.

8:23 p.m. ET: The big guy is dealing
Manager A.J. Hinch stocked the Astros' lineup with dynamic right-handed hitters against Sabathia, moving lefty-masher Bregman to the No. 2 hole and starting Evan Gattis and Cameron Maybin. It wasn't a problem in the first inning for Sabathia, who cruised through a perfect opening frame with two strikeouts. Sabathia got Springer to ground out weakly, then struck out Bregman and Altuve as a packed Yankee Stadium roared.

8:10 p.m. ET: Play ball
We're off to the races in the Bronx, where the Yankees are counting on Sabathia to give them another big start like he did in Game 5 of the AL Division Series presented by Doosan.

7:33 p.m. ET: It's about that time
Prepping for Game 3 under a gorgeous sunset, the Astros will start Marwin Gonzalez at first base tonight, with Yankees lefty Sabathia on the mound.

6:52 p.m. ET: Perfect night for baseball in the Bronx
Yankee Stadium is set to host its first ALCS game since 2012.

6:27 p.m. ET: Sights around the park
A meeting of the 6-feet-and-under club took place during batting practice. What do you think they were discussing?

6:04 p.m. ET: Bundle up
The warm weather stayed behind in Houston, but skies are mostly clear at Yankee Stadium. Pregame warmups take on added meaning tonight, as temperatures in the Bronx are expected to dip into the low 50s by first pitch. Those space heaters in the dugout are going to come in mighty handy.

4:26 p.m. ET: Houston, we have a lineup
The Astros arrived on the scene looking snazzy, and brought with them tonight's lineup: More >

3:44 p.m. ET: Line 'em up
No surprises in the Yankees' lineup for Game 2, which goes along with what Girardi spoke about Sunday: