Yankees’ 17 strikeouts contribute to wild record in Game 1 of ALCS

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The New York Yankees in Houston, Texas, appeared with very little relief after their victory over the Cleveland Guardians. Game 5 of ALDS Tuesday night.

Showed on Wednesday night.

Astros’ Jeremy Pena celebrates a home race against the New York Yankees with Jose Altuve in Game 1 of the MLS Championship Series at Minute Maid Park on October 19, 2022, in Houston, Texas.
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The The Yankees only managed two rounds On five hits in Game 1 of the ALCS, he lost to the Astros 4-2.

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New York had its chances early on, putting two scorers ahead of the third inning by only one player. But Astros Justin Verlander writer Locked in, Josh Donaldson and Matt Carpenter hit to end the threat before hitting the next four hits to cheer for six in a row.

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Those hits were only six out of 17 of the night for the Yankees. Compared to the Astroswho has scored just twice, the 15-stroke difference between the two clubs is the largest in MLB history after the season, according to ESPN.

Astros' Justin Verlander walks to the dugout during the first game of the ALCS against the New York Yankees at Minute Maid Park on Wednesday, October 19, 2022, in Houston, Texas.

Astros’ Justin Verlander walks to the dugout during the first game of the ALCS against the New York Yankees at Minute Maid Park on Wednesday, October 19, 2022, in Houston, Texas.
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The 17 strikes of The Yankees are also the second most In a playoff of nine runs.

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“This guy has mental toughness,” Astros director Dusty Becker said of Verlander. “When he gets frustrated and walks out and it looks like you got him into trouble, this guy, he can call him.”

Verlander hit 11 strokes in six runs, setting an MLB record with his eighth double-digit game in the postseason. Verlander also won the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw title in most hits in post-season history.

Verlander, AL CY Young’s number one rider, was bombed in his car Start against the Seattle Marinersallowing six runs in four rounds in the first game of ALDS.

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After allowing a second-round singles round for Harrison Bader, Verlander shut him out, giving up only two hits the rest of the way.

Giancarlo Stanton of the New York Yankees at Minute Maid Park on Wednesday, October 19, 2022, in Houston, Texas.

Giancarlo Stanton of the New York Yankees at Minute Maid Park on Wednesday, October 19, 2022, in Houston, Texas.
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“I think you saw what a real Hall of Fame pitcher made tonight,” fellow starter Lance McCullers Jr. said, according to ESPN. “It was a tough start in the DS. You don’t have to go through the bush; it wasn’t a great start. I know he wanted to do better…. I saw him work all week. He just felt like he had some adjustments to make, he made the adjustments… In a series where there’s only one day out of the house, he’s been able to give us an amazing six roles, and speaks volumes a lot about his identity as a pitcher and competitor.”

The Astros and Yankees play Game Two of the ALCS Thursday night with First Court scheduled for 7:37 ET.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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