New York Yankees Recap: Superman Giancarlo Stanton powers Yankees to second win over the Astros

William Parlee
Oct 7, 2020; San Diego, California, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27) celebrates with first baseman Luke Voit (59) after hitting a two run home run against the Tampa Bay Rays in the eighth inning during game three of the 2020 ALDS at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Yesterday the New York Yankees met up with the Houston Astros in the first game at Yankee Stadium since it was revealed that the Astros cheated in the 2017 season, including the playoffs. Last night it was electric at the Stadium as the fans booed the Astros players. The Yankees won the game 7-3. Tonight the Yankees’ Jordan Montgomery faced the Astros Luis Garcia in the game two matchups. Montgomery wasn’t great but the Yankees won the second game 6-3.

Jose Altuve received the loudest and most constant boos to start the game, faced Montgomery in the momentary heavy rain, and led off with a single to left field. Michael Brantley faced Monty and hit into a double play. Alex Bregman flew out to Aaron Judge in right-center. At the bottom, DJ Lemahieu struck out swinging. Giancarlo Stanton struck out. Aaron Judge was struck out by the rookie Garcia to end the inning.

Montgomery, in the top of the second, struck out Yordan Alverez. Gorrea went down on strikes. Yuli gurril struck out for the strikeout of the side for Mongomery. Gio Urshela led off the bottom of the inning by walking. Gleyber Torres popped out first. Mike Ford hit sharply to Altuve to end the quick inning for both pitchers. No score.

The top of the third inning saw Aledmys Diaz started by singling to left. Myles Staw had a back-to-back single to open up the third. With two on and no outs, Jason Castro hit into a double play, but Diaz moved to third. Altuve ground out to first to end the inning scoreless. At the bottom, Gary Sanchez led off by flying to center. Gardner struck out. LeMehieu was hit by a pitch. Giancarlo Stanton hit this 11th straight hit in a game with a home run to the left-field bleachers. Aaron Judge went down on strikes, but the Yankee pulled ahead. New York Yankees 2 Astros 0.

The fourth inning was led off by Michael Brantley, who singled. Bregman followed with a single to center. Alverez singled to load the bases with Astros. Gorrea, with the bases loaded, got a force at second, but Brantley scored. Gurril hit a long one to the left, but an excellent play by Gardner prevented Alverez from scoring. Tie game. Gurril moves to second with no one covering. Diaz doubled to left to give the Astros the lead in the game. Staw flew out to Hicks, but the Astros scored 3 runs on five hits in the inning. At the bottom, Gio Urshela dribbled back to the mound for the first out. Gleyber Torres flew out to center. Ford struck out on a questionable call to end the inning. Houston Astros 3 New York Yankees 2.

At the fifth, with Montgomery on the mound, Castro struck out. Altuve lined out  to center. Brantley struck out to end the half. Aaron Hicks popped out to lead off the bottom of the inning. Gary Sanchez struck out on a ball. Brett Gardner reached with a single. LeMahieu walked. Stanton came up and singled driving in Gardner. Yankees 3 Astros 3.

Moving on to the seventh inning. Gurril lined out. Diaz flew out. Staw walked but went to second on a wild pitch. Castro struck out to end the half. At the bottom, LeMahieu singled to center. Stanton, who had driven in all the Yankee runs, walked. With two on and no outs, Aaron Judge struck out for the fourth time in the game. Gio Urshela hit into a double play to end the inning. Yankees 3 Astros 3.

At the top of the eighth inning, with Jonathan Loaisiga on the mound, the Astros had the top of the lineup at the plate. Altuve struck out to the delight of the Yankee crowd. Brantley ground out. Bregman ground out for a 1-2-3 inning for Loaisiga. The bottom of the eighth with Torres at the plate, he with Brooks Raley on the mound led off with a single. Clint Frazier walked. Aaron Hicks, with two on and no outs , Tyler Wade came in to run for Frazier, Hicks singled driving in Torres for the Yankee lead. With Sanchez due up, the Astros made a bullpen change. Joe Smith hit Sanchez loading in the bases. Gardner had a sac fly for the 5 to 3 lead. LeMahieu, with a chance to break it open for the Yankees,  got a 3 6 force, bringing up Giancarlo Stanton, who singled to drive in another run, Hicks scored. Aaron Judge struck for the fifth time on the night to end the inning, but the Yankees went ahead in the inning 6 to 3 over the Astros.

With last licks on the line for the Houston Astros and the New York Yankee closer Aroldis Chapman on the mound, Alverez struck out on a 101 mph Chapman fastball. Gorrea ground out to second. Gurril struck out for the Yankee win of the second game against the Houston Astros for the Yankee’s fifth win in a row. The winning pitcher was Jonathan Loaisiga, the loser was Brooks Raley, and the save went to Aroldis Chapman.