The American League Championship Series presented by Camping World shifted to the Bronx for Monday night's Game 3, and the Yankees finally found their footing.Behind Carsten Sabathia's six scoreless innings and three-run homers from Todd Frazier and Aaron Judge, New York topped the Astros, 8-1. Houston still leads the best-of-seven
The American League Championship Series presented by Camping World shifted to the Bronx for Monday night's Game 3, and the Yankees finally found their footing.
Behind Carsten Sabathia's six scoreless innings and three-run homers from Todd Frazier and Aaron Judge, New York topped the Astros, 8-1. Houston still leads the best-of-seven series, 2-1, heading into tonight's Game 4.
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Here are some notable facts and figures from Game 3:
Another comeback brewing?
• The Yankees will hope this was the first step toward the 14th comeback from a 2-0 deficit in a best-of-seven series in postseason history. The Yanks were involved in seven of the previous 13, winning four (most recently the 1996 World Series) and losing three (most recently the 2004 ALCS).
• Teams down 2-1 in best-of-seven series have come back to win 40 of 134 times, including 12 of 50 in the LCS. However, it's been more even of late, with clubs facing 2-1 deficits in best-of-sevens going 5-5 since 2012. That includes last year's Cubs, who overcame 2-1 holes in both the NLCS and World Series, when they were down 3-1.
• Of course, New York already rallied from 2-0 down in the best-of-five AL Division Series presented by Doosan. Only two teams in history have overcome that deficit twice in the same postseason -- the 1981 Dodgers and '85 Royals.
• Fortunately for the Yanks, they also play the next two games at Yankee Stadium, where they were an AL-best 51-30 in the regular season. They are now 4-0 at home this postseason and 1-4 on the road. That fits a larger trend, with all home teams going 18-6 thus far in the postseason. That .750 winning percentage is the fifth highest in any postseason since 1969, with '82 holding the record of .800 (12-3).
CC finds the fountain of youth
• By blanking Houston over six innings, Sabathia posted his first scoreless start in 21 tries in the postseason.
• Sabathia, who turned 37 on July 21, became the oldest pitcher to throw at least six scoreless innings in a postseason start since Pedro Martinez for the Phillies in Game 2 of the 2009 NLCS. He is the third Yankees pitcher 37 or older to accomplish that feat, joining Roger Clemens (three times from 1999-2000) and Tommy John (1981).
• Once again, Sabathia was a stopper for the Yankees, this time in the most critical of situations. Including the postseason, the lefty is now 10-0 with a 1.69 ERA in 13 starts following a Yankees loss in 2017.
• Sabathia's five strikeouts gave him 120 in his postseason career, tying Curt Schilling for 10th on the all-time list and third among active pitchers behind Justin Verlander and Jonathan Lester.
• The Astros hadn't allowed a starting pitcher to hold them scoreless this postseason. The last to throw at least six shutout innings against them was the Angels' Garrett Richards on Sept. 22. For the last time it happened in the postseason against them, you'd have to go back to Game 4 of the 2005 World Series, when Freddy Garcia threw seven scoreless innings for the White Sox in Houston.
Yankees' bats awaken
• Frazier's second-inning three-run homer gave the Yankees a 3-0 lead and provided more runs than New York had scored in the first two games of the series combined (two). It was the first homer in 38 career postseason at-bats for Frazier, who entered the night with a .189/.250/.270 career line and three RBIs in playoff games.
Balls hit with Frazier's specific combination of exit velocity (100 mph) and launch angle (21 degrees) go for home runs just six percent of the time, according to Statcast™. But Frazier took advantage of Yankee Stadium's inviting right-field porch, swatting a low-and-away 95-mph fastball from Astros starter Charlie Morton into the seats.
• Judge made it 8-0 with a three-run shot of his own to left field in the fourth. Since going 2-for-4 with a homer in the AL Wild Card Game against the Twins, Judge was 2-for-29 with no homers, six walks and 20 strikeouts entering that at-bat.
• In his two previous Game 3 plate appearances, Judge struck out and walked. During the regular season, he tied Mark McGwire's 1999 record for 21 games with all three "true outcomes," but this was his first such game in the playoffs. Manny Ramirez holds the all-time postseason record with nine.
• Chase Headley, who scored on Judge's homer, reached base on an infield single up the middle. Before that knock, Yankees designated hitters were 0-for-28 this postseason. By comparison, pitchers have three postseason hits in 2017.
• This was the fourth time the Yankees hit multiple homers of at least three runs in the same postseason game. They last did it in Game 1 of the 1998 World Series, when Chuck Knoblauch hit a three-run shot and Tino Martinez a grand slam in the seventh inning against the Padres, to turn a 5-2 deficit into a 9-5 lead.
Andrew Simon is a research analyst for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB.