The Astros knew they had three chances to win one game and they knew they had a a good chance on Friday with Justin Verlander on the mound.
.@JustinVerlander is the 1st pitcher to make 8 #postseason starts vs. the Yankees.— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) October 18, 2019
He's 4-0 with a 2.38 ERA, a 0.97 WHIP and a 48-13 K-BB in his previous playoff starts against them. pic.twitter.com/Q1F6YKMuTy
Astros at Yankees - ALCS (Astros lead 3-2)
If you missed the first inning, you missed all of the scoring in this game. Which is unusual.
Confirmed by @EliasSports: Game 5 was the first game in postseason history where both teams scored in the 1st inning and then did not score the rest of the game. pic.twitter.com/PSal1INQHu— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) October 19, 2019
With the game tied 1-1, up came Aaron Hicks.
GET LOUD NEW YORK!— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) October 18, 2019
3-run shot off of the foul pole from Aaron Hicks! pic.twitter.com/SzSagiuqPw
And two home runs in the first inning was a brand new postseason item of interest for the Yankees.
This is the 405th postseason game in New York Yankees history.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) October 18, 2019
Never before today had they hit two home runs in the first inning.
As for today’s Game 6
Hinch on his Game 6 pitching plans: “It will be a bullpen game.”— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) October 19, 2019
Saturday’s schedule - Championship Series
5:08 p.m. PT: Yankees (TBD) @ Astros (TBD)