Gleyber Torres has driven in four runs, giving the Yankees a comfortable lead in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series.
Gleyber Torres hits a based-loaded single, driving in two runs to open up a 5-0 lead for the Yankees in the seventh inning.
Gleyber Torres drove in the first two runs for the Yankees, including a home run in the sixth inning. Credit Sue Ogrocki/Associated Press
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The Yankees’ power is coming to the fore as they extend their lead with solo home runs by Gleyber Torres and Giancarlo Stanton.
Torres hit his second homer of the postseason to give the Yankees a 2-0 lead. After Edwin Encarnacion made an out, Stanton drove a fat fastball that was directly over the plate into the Astros bullpen beyond the wall.
Earlier, Zack Grienke tried to get a little cute with Stanton, throwing a slow curve at 61 m.p.h. on a quick pitch. Stanton crushed it, pulling it hard down the left field line, but it hooked foul. One pitch later, he straightened out a 92 m.p.h. fastball as the Yankees took a three-run lead.
Torres hit a high, 91 m.p.h. fastball over the wall in left, and Greinke smacked his glove with his fist as he watched it go out. Torres, who hit .417 in the division series, has a double, a home run and two runs batted in.
The Yankees have Tommy Kahnle warming up in the bullpen.
Masahiro Tanaka issued a leadoff walk to Alex Bregman – which usually leads to trouble. But Aaron Judge tracked down a line drive to the gap by Yordan Alvarez and Bregman slipped on his way back to first base, so Judge’s long throw was in time to double Bregman off.
As a result, Tanaka has still faced the minimum number of batters through five innings.
But after three more batters, he will be facing the Astros for the third time in the batting order, when his effectiveness tends to go down. His batting average against when facing the lineup the third time is .309, and his opponents’ on-base plus slugging percentage is .943.
Zack Greinke got the benefit of a close call in the top of the fifth when he dropped a backdoor slider onto the outside corner at the bottom of the strike zone on a 2-2 count. It was a near perfect pitch for that count, but Brett Gardner thought it was a ball. It was Greinke’s fourth strikeout, with no walks, but he started to labor, and that could become a factor.
Gary Sanchez singled to center, and Urshela, who lined out sharply in his first at-bat, singled to left. After Didi Gregorius hit a long fly ball to right for the second out, Robinson Chironos went to the mound to chat with Greinke and give him a rest. It looked like a pep talk; he patted Greinke several times on the shoulder. It was a productive meeting, as Greinke got …read more
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