George Springer had a three-run homer in the third inning and the Houston Astros won 8-3 over the New York Yankees on Thursday in the fourth game of the AHL championship series .
Ahead 3-1 in this series, the Astros are heading briskly towards the World Series. With a win at Yankee Stadium tonight, Texas will face a second major league final in three years after their triumph over the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2017.
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As for the Yankees, their last visit to the World Series dates back to their 2009 title against the Philadelphia Phillies. The Bombers of the Bronx had been frustrated in seven games by the same Astros in 2017 in the final of the American.
Author of his second series circuit, Springer released the visitors from some pressure: the "Yanks" opened the scoring in the first inning when starter Zack Greinke conceded a walk with goals scored to Brett Gardner. The Astros thrower had a fairly short mound stay – only four innings and a third of work, with four walks on the clock, against five strikeouts.
As Greinke's reliever in the fifth inning, Ryan Pressly made a strong fuss with two batters. The dice were then stacked, in favor of the Astros.
Indeed, Carlos Correa also hit a three-run circuit in the sixth inning. Gary Sanchez responded for the losers with a two-point shot in the same inning. But the poor defensive play of the hosts allowed the Astros to add two more points in the eighth and ninth innings.
The defeat went to the record of Masahiro Tanaka. The Yankees pitcher conceded three earned runs on four hits and two walks in five innings on the mound. The Japanese recorded only a strikeout.
Is this the last time we saw the mythical C.C. Sabathia in the Yankees uniform? The former starter left the match after two thirds of the round as a reliever in the eighth. The 39-year-old veteran looked injured. It was the 2009 Yankees draft that won the World Series.
The Nationals of Washington, champions of the National League by virtue of their sweep at the expense of the Cardinals of St. Louis, patiently wait for the result of the series Astros-Yankees to know the identity of their opponents in the World Series.