LADY AT THE BAT: Yankees Take Game 5, Could Clinch Pennant Friday

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Yankees Take Game 5, Could Clinch Pennant Friday

One win away from the World Series!

Never, in my wildest dreams, did I envision this. While I thought the Yankees would be competitive during the season, this was definitely not what I had in mind. And anyone reading this who says they did is a liar. Plain and simple.

What a pitching performance by Masahiro Tanaka. And how about Tommy Kahnle, who shut the door? Big time. Absolutely big time. Put all of that together with clutch hitting from the Baby Bombers, including Gary Sanchez's cake topping homer, and you have a 5-0 shutout against one of the best offenses in baseball.

Across the field, in the visitors' dugout, things must have been really tense. In fact, I'm convinced they absolutely were. The Astros played tight last night, no doubt about it. Their offense couldn't square anything up against Tanaka, and Dallas Keuchel was very pedestrian.

The Stadium crowd got to Keuchel. He all but said so in his postgame comments. But the Yankees seemed to change their approach against him, as well. It all worked out to 4R on 4H over 4.2IP. 

Speaking of the crowd, I think it has been the best part of the entire Yankee postseason. So many people blamed the New Yankee Stadium for the fact that it wasn't as loud as the Old Stadium. But, it wasn't the Stadium, after all. It wasn't even the fans. It was the team, and this season they set things right.

Is Luis Severino right? Last I heard he'd checked out fine the day after his injury scare in Game 2. Fingers crossed that he gives the team a good outing. Better yet, let's hope he pitches his team right into the World Series.

Travel day today, then back to the chase Friday. 👎

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