"This series isn't over," Houston skipper A.J. Hinch said following Wednesday night's 5-0 loss in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series presented by Camping World. "This game is. We're going to get back to Houston and get to an off-day with our families and come back ready to play."
Hinch did not speak those words defiantly. Rather, he spoke as someone who knows his team better than anyone.
This has been an amazingly fun baseball season in Houston thanks to a team that won 101 regular-season games, and Hinch believes there's more to come.
But there's no more wiggle room after the Astros were pushed to the brink on Wednesday.
After the Astros won both games at Minute Maid Park last weekend, the Yankees answered by winning all three at their home ballpark to take a 3-2 series lead and move to within one victory of their 41st AL pennant.
Game 6 will be tonight in Houston, where the Astros have won 15 of their past 17, including all four postseason games. That's their home.
After leading the Majors in runs during the regular season and batting .333 against Boston in the AL Division Series sponsored by Doosan, Houston simply did not think its offense could be shut down this way.
The Astros are quick to point out that the Yankees made a number of tough pitches and that the slump is at least as much about what the Yanks did as what they didn't do.
But there were also times that Houston swung at pitches outside the zone. That's part of what coping with postseason pressure is all about.
Hinch's game plan is to give his guys a complete day off on Thursday for a physical break and an emotional reset.
Then it's on to Game 6.
"I know our fans are loud, and we're going to come out there rocking the dome," outfielder Josh Reddick said, "and we've got to do what we can do and get them involved and get them up early.
"We've got to keep them loud and give them something to cheer on early so they can do it all game."
For a team that rolled up a double-digit lead in the AL West in the first two months of the season, an elimination game will be a different kind of experience.
On the other hand, the Astros handled plenty of pressure in getting past the Red Sox and then in beating the Yankees in Games 1 and 2 of the ALCS.
"I expect us to come out ready to play, hand the ball to JV, and we'll see what happens," outfielder George Springer said.
Springer also said the day off would be especially helpful.
"Slowing things down a little bit," he said. "Having a little bit of a mental break will help us all. This has been a hard-fought five games, and that's a good team over there. Any day off at this point will help."
But as Keuchel said, the Astros are being reminded how important 101 regular-season victories were and the opportunity they've been presented for Games 6 and 7 of the ALCS.
"We put ourselves in good position during the regular season to get home-field advantage," Keuchel said. "We did what we had to do the first two games. They did what they had to do the middle games. Now we're looking to get back to Houston and regroup and do our jobs."