Yankees Lose to Astros, 3-2, in ALCS Game 2: Instant Analysis

Taking a look at the New York Yankees’ 3-2 loss in extra innings against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park in ALCS Game 2.

The New York Yankees were defeated by the Houston Astros, 3-2, on Sunday night at Minute Maid Park to tie the ALCS at 1-1.

The game was over when…

…Astros SS Carlos Correa hit a walk-off home run to right field off of J.A. Happ.

Belt Winners

  • Aaron Judge: Bringing the gavel down in the fourth inning, Judge hit a rocket to center field for a two-run home run.
  • Chad Green: The 28-year-old came through with a masterful 2.0 IP. He allowed no hits and no runs while striking out two and getting the Yankees out of a huge jam in the third inning.
  • Tommy Kahnle: Coming through in a big way, Kahnle was dominant in his 2.1 IP, which included two strikeouts while allowing no hits.

Key Stats

  • The Yankees used nine pitchers in the game, tying the record for the most used by a team in a postseason game.
  • The Yankees got just one hit when facing the Astros bullpen.

Quick Hits

  • Starter James Paxton went only 2.1 IP while allowing four hits, one earned run and a walk. He struck out three on 51 pitches.
  • Paxton didn’t appear to have the best command of his pitches. He fell behind in the count far too often, putting the Astros hitters in favorable counts.
  • After Green was pulled in the fifth inning, Adam Ottavino relieved him and hung a slider to George Springer—who homered to left-center to tie the game at two.
  • Gary Sanchez continues to struggle at the plate. He struck out three times and made weak contact in all of his at-bats.
  • Kahnle relied heavily on his elite changeup—throwing it 17 times out of his 25 pitches.
  • The Yankees recorded an exit velocity of 95.4 mph or better in 10 at-bats against Justin Verlander.
  • Zack Britton pitched a scoreless eighth inning, which included a strikeout of Yordan Alvarez.
  • After CC Sabathia got an out in the 10th inning, Jonathan Loaisiga walked two batters. J.A. Happ relieved him and got out of the jam.
  • Correa hit the walk-off home run against Happ to right field to win the game.

Play of the Game: 3B Gio Urshela made an incredible leaping grab to rob Yuli Gurriel of a base hit in the sixth inning.

Up Next: The Yankees travel back to Yankee Stadium for ALCS Game 3 on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 4:08 p.m. ET.

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