NEW YORK -- The Yankees find themselves two wins away from the Fall Classic, thanks in part to unsung hero Chad Green, who held the Astros in check in the late innings and picked up the victory in Game 4 on Tuesday, a 6-4 Yanks win. The right-hander pitched two
NEW YORK -- The Yankees find themselves two wins away from the Fall Classic, thanks in part to unsung hero Chad Green, who held the Astros in check in the late innings and picked up the victory in Game 4 on Tuesday, a 6-4 Yanks win. The right-hander pitched two solid innings, allowing one hit and an unearned run, with two strikeouts.
The Yankees and Astros are now tied 2-2 in the American League Championship Series presented by Camping World.
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"[Green was] really good," Yanks manager Joe Girardi said. "[Houston's lineup] is very potent, and they can beat you in so many ways, up and down the lineup. [Green] did it again. It's what he has done for us all year long."
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The Astros were leading, 3-0, when Green replaced Player Page for David Robertson to begin the seventh inning. Green struggled with his location once he entered the game, he said, but was able to get away with some pitches.
After Marwin Gonzalez doubled with one out, Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro made a fielding error that allowed Gonzalez to score Houston's fourth run. Green then induced George Springer to hit into an inning-ending double play.
Green was lights-out in his second inning on the mound, retiring all three hitters.
"I pound the zone," Green said. "I knew the Astros were going to be aggressive. It worked out to my advantage."
Green is one of the reasons the Yanks have one of the deepest -- and most lethal -- bullpens in the Majors. He started Spring Training hoping to become a starter; after all, eight of his 12 outings in his debut season in 2016 were starts. But once he returned to New York in early May, he transitioned to a relief role, eventually becoming a valuable setup man. He finished the regular season with a 1.83 ERA and 103 K's in 69 innings. No wonder Houston had problems with Green on Tuesday.
"I just try to be consistent. I try to stay within myself," Green said. "Just get into a routine every day. I try not to stray away from it too much."
Green has had three multi-inning performances this postseason. Most notably, he came on in the AL Wild Card Game and pitched two innings against the Twins to stem the tide after Luis Severino got knocked out in the first inning. Green also provided two scoreless innings in Game 1 against Houston and was strong again Tuesday.
While Green held the Astros in check, he watched the Yankees score a combined six runs in the seventh and eighth innings to take the lead and win Game 4. Aaron Judge highlighted the scoring with a monster home run in the seventh inning to get the Yanks on the scoreboard and an RBI double an inning later. Two batters later, Gary Sanchez's two-run double put New York ahead, 5-4.
"It's was incredible," Green said. "The stadium has been loud for every playoff game, but that was the loudest I've ever heard the stadium. I felt like the ground was shaking."
Bill Ladson has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2002 and does a podcast, Newsmakers. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats.