The Astros got a good start from Justin Verlander but they needed their bullpen to hold off the Yankees in order to prevail 3-2 in 11 innings. The ALCS is now tied 1-1 which means there will be three games this week at Yankee Stadium.
That also means baseball will be played everyday through Thursday pending the weather. Rain is predicted in both New York and Washington DC on Wednesday..
Today, the Nationals will play their first League Championship Series game at home in their franchise history. Stephen Strasburg will make the home start against the Cardinal’s top pitcher, Jack Flaherty.
The Astros had gone 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position, leaving ten runners on base. But all of that didn’t matter when Carlos Correa hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 11th to win the game and tie the series.
Carlos Correa. Walk-off. Series tied. pic.twitter.com/37Irtlxias— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 14, 2019
Justin Verlander pitched 6⅔ innings and gave up a two-run homer to Aaron Judge. He also struck out seven which kept him climbing on this all-time playoff list.
J.A. Happ had worked out of the tenth inning for the Yankees but he would give up the walk-off home run. He was also the ninth pitcher the Yankees used on Sunday.
J.A. Happ is the Yankees' 9th pitcher tonight.— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) October 14, 2019
That's tied for most by a team in a postseason game.
It's the 11th time a team has used 9 pitchers. Most recently, the Rays did it against the Astros in ALDS Game 5.
Carlos Correa now has multiple postseason walk-off hits against the Yankees.
Carlos Correa becomes the 2nd player in MLB postseason history with multiple walk-off hits against the same opponent.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 14, 2019
The other? David Ortiz, who did it in consecutive games against the Yankees in the 2004 ALCS. pic.twitter.com/ogriWy8goG
Monday’s schedule - Championship Series
4:38 p.m. PT: Cardinals (Jack Flaherty) @ Nationals (Stephen Strasburg) (TBS)