The Astros and Yankees just completed a thrilling four-game series in the Bronx. There was much hype heading into this weekend series between the two rivals. It is fair to say that Yankees fans have not gotten over the cheating scandal back in 2017. On the other hand, the Astros are still trying to prove that they are still the dominant team in American League. To add to the drama, these two teams are the best in the American League.
Game one’s pitching matchup featured Framber Valdez for the Astros and Jameson Taillon for the Yankees. The Astros started the game with a crowd silencer as Alex Bregman drilled a three-run home run into the left-field seats to give the Astros a 3-0 lead. Luckily for the Yankees, Giancarlo Stanton took a ball to the opposite field for a three-run shot to tie the game. It was fair to say that fans were in for a treat of a game and potentially a series as a whole. The tie game did not last long as Yordan Alvarez unloaded with another three-run home run and the Astros took a 6-3 lead. The score remained that way until the bottom of the ninth inning. After back-to-back walks, Aaron Hicks came up and the three-run home run derby continued. Hicks’ game-tying home run sent the home faithful into a frenzy. Then the potential American League MVP Aaron Judge stepped up to the plate with two men on base and lined a ball down the left-field line to complete the thrilling comeback. The final of game one was 7-6. Yankees.
Game two had a really interesting pitching matchup. The Astros handed the ball over to veteran Justin Verlander who had not pitched against the Yankees since the ALCS back in 2019. The Yankees starting pitcher for that game was Luis Severino who also had not faced the Astros since the 2019 ALCS. The game started off as a terrific pitching duel as both pitchers traded zeros through the first five innings. Unfortunately for Severino in the sixth inning, he gave up a three-run bomb to Kyle Tucker. Stanton answered with a solo shot to get the Yankees on the board in the bottom half of the sixth. Though yet again, veteran Justin Verlander haunted Yankees fans again as he helped propel the Astros to a 3-1 victory. This game snapped the Yankee’s 15-game winning streak at home.
Game three ended up being a historic game but not in the favor of the Yankees. The pitching matchup was Cristian Javier for the Astros and Gerrit Cole for the Yankees. Both starting pitchers were nails through six innings as nobody was able to score. In the top of the seventh inning with two outs, J.J. Matijevic hit a go-ahead home run off Cole to give the Astros a 1-0 lead. Javier was absolutely spectacular as he went seven no-hit innings. Then the bullpen was able to finish off the combined no-hitter against the Yankees which stunned the crowd. This was an embarrassing performance by the Yankees. The Astros won that game by a final of 3-0.
The final game of the series was a big game for both teams. The Astros were trying to prove to everyone that they are still the team to beat in the American League. The Yankees were trying to even up the series to avoid being embarrassed by their rivals at home. Jose Urquidy started for Houston and Nestor Cortes started for New York. The game immediately began with a bang as Jose Altuve lifted the first pitch of the game into the left-field seats. Houston added on two more runs in the fourth inning to give them a 3-0 lead. The Yankees were still searching for a hit for sixteen straight innings. Only the 1973 A’s and 1981 Dodgers had been no-hit for that many innings. Finally, in the bottom of the seventh inning, Stanton got the Yankees’ first hit and run of the ballgame by sending a ball into monument park in center field.
Game 4 continued
In the bottom of the eight with two outs and one on, DJ LeMahieu blasted a two-run home run over the left-field wall to tie the game at 3. This was arguably LeMahieu’s biggest hit of the season so far. In the tenth inning, the Astros threatened as they loaded the bases with only one out. Michael King did a fantastic job to get out of that jam with not a single run from scoring. In the bottom of the tenth with runners on the corners, Judge did it again drilling a ball into the Astros bullpen to win the game. The final of that game was 6-3.
This was an extremely exciting four-game series between AL’s best. The Yankees did not play their best baseball but were able to at least split the series. Overall, the Yankees and Astros are pretty even teams as this four-game series did not determine who truly is the best team in the American League. However, it does seem destined to have these two teams face off against each other on the cool nights of October!