New York Yankees Recap: Astros punished by the Yankees for cheating

New York Yankees, Giancarlo Santon
Oct 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27) reacts after striking out against the Houston Astros during the first inning of game five of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Yankees met up tonight with its most hated rival, the Houston Astros, at Yankee Stadium for the first time since they were charged with sign stealing in the 2017 season. The Yankees lost out on a possible World Series appearance and a Rookie of the year award from slugger Aaron Judge in his rookie year. The tension between the two clubs was obvious, although several Astros players said it would be no different from the boos they have been getting since the MLB decision was reached. Tonight the Yankees Domingo German faced the Astros Zack Greinke.

In the first inning, Domingo German faced the most hated Astro in Jose Altuve, and he struck out. Michael Brantley ground out. Alex Bregman homered to left for the lead in the game. Yordan Alverez struck out, but the Astros picked up a run. At the bottom, DJ Lemahieu singled. Giancarlo Stanton hit a monster two-run home run to left. Aaron Judge walked. Gio Urshela singled, moving Judge to second base. Gleyber Torres, still with no outs, walked to load the bases. Clint Frazier hit into a double play. Aaron Hicks ground out, but the Yankees brought three runners home. New York Yankees 3 Astros 1.

Yuli Gurril stuck out at the top of the second. Gorrea ground out. Kyle Tucker struck out for a 1-2-3 inning for German. At the bottom, Kyle Higashioka led off for the Yankees by grounding out. Rougie Odor stuck out. LeMahieu walked. Stanton ground out for a scoreless inning for both teams.

Myles staw led off the third inning by grounding out to short. Martin Maldonado ground out to Odor. Altuve, still being loudly booed, struck out again. Aaron Judge led off the bottom and struck out against Greinke. Ursheal flew out. Torres ground out. Yankees 3 Astros 1.

Michael Brantley led off the fourth inning by hitting a blast into the upper stands of right field. Bregman struck out for German’s fourth strikeout of the game. Alverez singled to center. Gurril doubled, tieing the game at 3. Gorrea ground out, Gurril moved to third base. Tucker struck out for German’s sixth strikeout. Both teams tied at 3. Clint Frazier, at the bottom, went down looking. Hicks struck out. Higahisoka walked with two outs. Odor stuck out to end the inning. New York Yankees 3 Houston  Astros 3.

Myles Staw walked on four pitches to start the fifth inning. Staw was called out on review with a failed stolen base attempt. Maldonado flew out to Judge in right field. Altuve ground out to end the half. Top of the lineup for the Yankees at the bottom. LeMahieu faced Brandon Bielack and struck out. Stanton had standup double. Judge ground out to third. Urshela gave it a ride to the centerfield wall, but it was caught to end the scoreless inning. Yankees 3 Astros 3.

Domingo German out of the game, Lucas Luetge faced Brantley, who ground out to Urshela. Bregman singled to left. Alverez hit into a beautiful 6-5-3 double play turned by Odor to end the half. At the bottom of the sixth, Torres walked on four pitches. Frazier popped out behind first. Hicks singled to left, moving Torres to second base. Higashioka reached on a force out of Hicks. Odor faced the new pitcher Bryan Abreu and walked to load the bases with Yankees. LeMahieu doubled three runs in, but both Odor and the catcher Maldonado were hurt in the play at home. Odor had to be helped off the field. Maldonado finally left the field on his own power. Both were taken out of the game. Castro was the new catcher for the Astros. Stanton singled driving in LeMahieu. Judge went down on strikes to finally end the inning. New York Yankees 6 Houston Astros 3.

Gurril led off the seventh inning, singling off new pitcher Jonathan Loaisiga. Gorrea stuck out. Tucker hit into a double play ending the half. At the bottom, Urshela faced Andre Scrubb and flew out to center. Torres walked. Brett Gardner in for Frazier flew out to right for the second out. Torres stole second. Torres took third on a wild pitch. Hicks walked. Higashioka, with men on the corners and two outs, struck out, but the Yankees picked up another run. Yankees 7 Astro 3.

Wandy Peralta on the mound for the Yankees faced the Astro’s Staw, who struck out. Castro in for Maldonado singled to left. Altuve, still being booed, had a line drive directly to Tyler Wade at second. Brantley ground out to Wade to end the half. At the bottom, Tyler Wade in for Odor faced Joe Smith, ground out. Stanton got his fourth hit of the night. Judge singled, moving Stanton to third base Urshela walked, loading the bases. Torres ground out, leaving the bases loaded with Yankees. Yankees 7 Astros 3.

With last licks on the line for the Astros, Chad Green took to the mound to close it out for the New York Yankees. Alex Bregman struck out for the first out. Alverez singled over Urshela’s head. Gurril struck out swinging. And down to their last out, Gorrea flew out to Brett Gardner in left for the final out of the game.

The final score was the New York Yankees 7 and the Houston Astros 3. The winning pitcher was Lucas Luetge, and the loser was Brandon Bielak. The Yankees are now over .500.