Analysis

Yankees’ Season Ends in Heartbreaking 6-4 Loss to Astros

Taking a look at the New York Yankees’ 6-4 loss against the Houston Astros in Game 6 of the ALCS, which effectively ended their 2019 season.

The New York Yankees were defeated by the Houston Astros, 6-4, in Game 6 of the ALCS on Saturday night. Their season is now over.

The game was over when…

…Aroldis Chapman gave up a walk-off, two-run home run to Jose Altuve in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Belt Winners

  • D.J. LeMahieu: Le Machine came through with a HUGE two-run home run in the top of the ninth inning to tie the game.
  • Luis Cessa: He went two strong innings allowing just one hit while striking out one in relief.
  • Gio Urshela: Urshela had three hits and a walk, including a home run in the fourth inning. He also made some nice plays at third base.

Key Stat

  • 1/6: Once again, the theme of the night was the Yankees’ failure to hit in high-leverage situations. They were 1/6 with RISP and left eight runners on base.

Quick Hits

  • Chad Green opened the game and went just one inning. He gave up a three-run home run to Yuli Gurriel.
  • The Yankees responded with a Gary Sanchez RBI single to drive in Didi Gregorius, who doubled in the at-bat before.
  • The Yankees got 12 outs from J.A. Happ and Cessa without allowing a run.
  • Edwin Encarnacion struggled with velocity all night. His first strikeout came on a 92 mph fastball while his second was on a 95 mph fastball.
  • Encarnacion finished with three strikeouts on the night.
  • Adam Ottavino got through a scoreless seventh inning.
  • Zack Britton pitched a scoreless eighth inning while working around a hit and two walks.
  • Didi Gregorius collected two hits—both of which were singles to left field.
  • LeMahieu is the first Yankee to hit a game-tying home run in the ninth inning of a potential elimination game. (Katie Sharp)
  • LeMahieu’s game-tying home run was an at-bat that went 10 pitches and included five foul balls.
  • Chapman allowed Altuve to beat him on a hanging slider despite having a better matchup in Jake Marisnick awaiting on deck.
  • This is the first decade since the 1910s that the franchise has failed to appear in a World Series

Up Next: The Yankees now look toward the offseason where they must make moves to better position themselves for a World Series run.

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