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Astros-Yanks ALCS Game 5: In Real Life

October 18, 2017

The Yankees beat the Astros, 5-0, in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series presented by Camping World. The victory gave New York a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.MLB.com was on the scene in and around Yankee Stadium.8:29 p.m. ET: Yes we Kahn-le The Yankees came home down

The Yankees beat the Astros, 5-0, in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series presented by Camping World. The victory gave New York a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.
MLB.com was on the scene in and around Yankee Stadium.
8:29 p.m. ET: Yes we Kahn-le
The Yankees came home down two games in this series. They head to Houston with a chance to clinch it, after winning Game 5, 5-0. After Masahiro Tanaka tossed seven scoreless frames, Tommy Kahnle took care of the rest, throwing two strong innings to seal the win.

7:57 p.m. ET: Gary goes deep to extend lead
Gary Sanchez's postseason slump is officially over. After cranking the go-ahead double in Game 4, Sanchez has driven in two more runs in Game 5. His solo home run in the seventh off Brad Peacock left the bat at 110.7 mph, according to Statcast™, and gave the Yankees a 5-0 lead.

7:48 p.m. ET: In Tanaka We Trust
The Yankees are six outs away from taking a 3-2 lead in this ALCS, and Masahiro Tanaka is a big reason why. The right-hander is through seven shutout innings in Game 5, over which he's struck out eight against one walk and just three hits. Overall, he's allowed just two earned runs over 20 innings pitched this postseason. More >>


7:06 p.m. ET: Yankees chase Keuchel
Dallas Keuchel's run of playoff dominance against the Yankees has reached its end. New York notched two more RBI singles -- from Gary Sanchez and Didi Gregorius -- off the lefty ace in the fifth, ending his night after 4 2/3 innings. The Yankees, who hold a 4-0 lead through five innings, have scored 10 unanswered runs dating back to the seventh inning of Game 4. More >>

6:46 p.m. ET: Astros can't touch Tanaka
Spotted a two-run lead, Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka has made it stick through five. He wiggled out of a jam in the fifth, striking out George Springer and Josh Reddick with two men on to keep Houston off the board. Tanaka has allowed three hits with five strikeouts and one walk.

6:15 p.m. ET: Aaron adds on in third
The Yankees entered play today with no earned runs over their last 13 innings against Dallas Keuchel, a span that stretched two seasons. They scored two earned runs in three innings off Houston's ace lefty tonight. The second run came in the third, when Aaron Judge drove in Brett Gardner with a double grounded over the third-base bag to give New York a 2-0 lead.
 
Gardner motored from first to home in 10.36 seconds, his second fastest time of the season, as tracked by Statcast™. Judge now has three RBIs in his last four at-bats dating back to Game 4.

5:46 p.m. ET: Yanks strike first with two-out knocks
After the Astros squandered a scoring chance in the top of the second, New York got on the board against starter Dallas Keuchel. Keuchel retired the first two batters, but Starlin Castro laced a double to the wall in left-center field, and Greg Bird drove him in with an RBI single to right. It was the first run the Yankees have ever scored against Keuchel in the postseason and their first earned run against him overall since July 2016.

5:35 p.m. ET: Tanaka wriggles free
The Astros had a real chance to jump on the board in the second, after first baseman Yuli Gurriel drilled a leadoff double into the left-field corner, a nearly identical shot to his three-run laser in Game 4. But Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka bore down, retiring the next three hitters on weak grounders to strand Gurriel and keep the game scoreless. New York played its infield in with one out and Gurriel on third, a strategy that saved a run when Carlos Beltran bounced out to second.

5:25 p.m. ET: Underway in The Bronx
One inning in, both starters look sharp. The only baserunner Masahiro Tanaka allowed reached on a Todd Frazier error, while Dallas Keuchel struck out Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez over a perfect first.

5:03 p.m. ET: The Andy man can
Former Yankees and Astros left-hander Andy Pettitte -- MLB's all-time leader in postseason wins and innings pitched -- threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 5. More >>

4:01 p.m. ET: Gardner's state
Brett Gardner gives an update on the mentality in the Yankees' clubhouse: "Why not us?"

3:46 p.m. ET: Bright makes right
The Astros chose not to have batting practice today, so it's a relatively quiet afternoon at Yankee Stadium. That'll change, though.

3:00 p.m. ET: Look, up in the sky!
Astros pitcher Charlie Morton watches balls fly off the bats of Yankees hitters during batting practice.

2:56 p.m. ET: Voice of Todd
Todd Frazier, who keyed the Yankees' four-run eighth on Tuesday with a leadoff single, answers questions while New York takes batting practice before Game 5.

2:39 p.m. ET: Aaron's back at it
Aaron Judge -- maybe you've heard of him -- is hitting .308 with two homers and five RBIs in the ALCS.

2:29 p.m. ET: Shelf portrait
The Astros' helmets are shined and ready for Game 5.

1:56 p.m. ET: Astros set Game 5 lineup
Manager A.J. Hinch showed confidence in his guys by sticking with his Game 4 lineup for Game 5 against righty starter Masahiro Tanaka.

Astros, Yankees name lineups for Game 5

1:55 p.m. ET: Alive for Game 5

1:36 p.m. ET: Good morning, GMs
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and assistant general manager Jean Afterman pose for a photo in the Yankee Stadium stands.

12:56 p.m. ET: Yanks name nine behind Tanaka
Gary Sanchez is back behind the plate for Game 5 after DHing on Tuesday, a role Chase Headley will fill today. Left-handed-hitting Greg Bird slides down to the seven-hole against southpaw starter Dallas Keuchel.

12:36 p.m. ET: Houston prepped for watch party