CC Sabathia pitched six scoreless innings and Todd Frazier and Aaron Judge each hit three-run homers as the New York Yankees dominated the Houston Astros and cut the American League Championship Series deficit to 1-2 in Game 3.
The big lefty allowed three hits and issued four walks but he struck out five batters and escaped a bases-loaded jam in the third inning. It was Sabathia’s first shutout ball in 21 career postseason starts.
Frazier opened the scoring when he scooped Charlie Morton’s low and outside fastball, utilizing the air and the Yankees’ Stadium’s short right field porch to send it to the bleachers.
“That was unorthodox, but I’ll take a hundred like that,” said Frazier after the match.
With the Yankees up 5-0 in the fourth, Judge then smashed 2-on,2-out home run off of Will Harris and sparking a raucous chorus of “MVP” chants and lifting of “All Rise” banners.
The Yankees also lost the first two games of their ALDS against the AL leaders Cleveland Indians but won the last three games of that series to set the ALCS date against the Astros.
Not only did Judge hit his first homer of the series, he also procured two defensive gems that kept Houston’s fiery bats at bay.
The 6-foot-7 outfielder zipped through the short right field and made a leaping catch of Yuri Gurriel’s towering fly ball in the start of the fourth, crashing his shoulders on to the wall but making sure Houston stay scoreless.