Hinch added that Gonzalez dropped his wife off at the hospital before heading to the game and returned there when it was over. He joined Lance Berkman as the only players in franchise history to have two outfield assists in one postseason. It's not like Gary Sanchez, George Springer, Carlos Correa, or Didi Gregorius are slouches, either. But the arrow is pointing upward for both franchises, which are here in large part because of a core of young players that is controllable for the next few seasons. I could definitely go for a best-of-17 series, if we're being completely honest.
Altuve had singled off Chapman on the previous at-bat to make things nervous for the Yankees, who had been kept quiet by Justin Verlander for much of the game.
The fact that he didn't have a single strikeout through four innings, then, when Severino was forced out of the game, mostly told you how tough the Astros are offensively. Let's sit down and watch them pummel each other.
Verlander last met the Yankees in the postseason during Detroit's four-game sweep in the 2012 ALCS, when he dominated Game 3, holding the Yankees to one run in 8 ¹/₃ innings.
Altuve stole second base, putting him in position to score on Correa's line single to left.
That failed attempt at a double play put runners at first and second with none out, but Keuchel quickly retired the next two batters (Todd Frazier lined out, Brett Gardner struck out) before facing Judge. For his career, he's touched home on 30 of the 58 doubles he's seen while standing at first.
But he was throwing 99 with his good slider, and using his change-up just enough to keep the Astros' hitters honest.
Tanaka came into the year as the ace of the New York staff, but he was inconsistent. At that point in the series, the Yanks had just one through 12 innings and it wasn't going to get any easier. He jetted home, and made it in safely - despite the ball beating him to the plate by a fair margin.
Game 2 has been historically huge in the ALCS.
Manager A.J. Hinch said the boy was born to Gonzalez and his wife Noel in the early morning hours on Saturday.
Houston is the overwhelming favorite to win this series due to the strong pitching the Astros have and a strong hitting lineup led by MVP favorite Jose Altuve.
The Red Sox will find a way to survive and force a fourth game.