LADY AT THE BAT: Yankees Take Game 4, ALCS Tied 2-2

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Yankees Take Game 4, ALCS Tied 2-2

If the Houston Astros do any more celebrating this postseason, it won't be on the field at Yankee Stadium.

Down 4-0 in the seventh inning, it looked as if the Yankees would be facing Dallas Keuchel today carrying a 3-1 series deficit. They all played it off as not having that on their minds when the rally began, but how could it not be? 

All those terrible, stick-it-in-your-face celebrations that opposing teams put on, like the Dodgers jumping into the pool at Chase Field and, closer to home, the Diamondbacks playing Frank Sinatra after the 2001 World Series. (What is it with Chase Field?)  I just hope the Astros don't get a chance to do that at Minute Maid Park.

So many contributors to such an amazing comeback, but it's hard not to look at Aaron Judge as the one who started it off.  Aside from Starlin Castro, Judge is probably the next-most relieved that the Yankees came back and won the game. I was at work during his base-running gaffe, following the proceedings on Twitter, which wasn't fun, let me tell you. Based on that, I concluded that things were much, much worse than they actually were. He hit the home run just before I walked into my apartment, and that was all she wrote for the Houston Astros.

The Astros still had a 4-1 lead after the homer, and Lance McCullers, Jr had been cruising, yet AJ Hinch took him out. Why? It's not like the Astros bullpen is anything close to that of the Yankees. Well, I'm glad he made such a bonehead move. Keep it up, AJ!

The move of Austin Romine to C for Sonny Gray's start, slotting Gary Sanchez into the DH spot, proved genius. Gray pitched well, and Sanchez went 1-3 with a sac fly, driving in three runs. Romine must be Gray's personal catcher going forward.

Keuchel vs Tanaka today. You know the drill, guys. 👎

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