Sports | October 19, 2019 7:30 am

Yankees Defeat Astros 4-1 in ALCS Game 5

Game 6 set for tonight in Houston

ALCS Game 5
Aaron Hicks #31 of the New York Yankees celebrates with Aaron Judge #99 after hitting a three run home run against Justin Verlander #35 of the Houston Astros during the first inning in game five of the American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium on October 18, 2019 in New York City.
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The Houston Astros arrived in the Bronx with a golden opportunity to clinch a World Series berth for themselves. They led the New York Yankees 3-1 in the American League Championship Series; one more win would send them through to face the Washington Nationals in the World Series.

Instead, the home team emerged victorious on home runs from DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Hicks.

Houston took an early lead: George Springer hit a single and made his way around the bases from there, eventually scoring on a wild pitch. 

LeMahieu’s solo home run equalized for the Yankees. Later in the first inning, Hicks’s home run provided the margin of victory for the home team.

After the first inning, both teams remained scoreless throughout. The whole thing was over in less than 3 hours.

Tonight’s game in Houston offers the Astros another opportunity to win — or the Yankees another step in a dramatic comeback. Both teams may make unorthodox pitching choices, further complicating matters. It’ll be one to watch, for sure. 

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