Gerrit Cole throws seven scoreless innings in Game 3 of the ALCS, as the Astros win 4-1 and take a one-game lead in the series.
With Cole on the mound, you knew that the Astros would have a great chance of winning Game 3, as long as they could score some runs. They were held scoreless in Game 1 and scored three runs in Game 2.
The Yankees put two runners on base in four of the seven innings that Cole pitched, but he was able to work himself out of trouble and keep the Yankees off the board.
The Astros added two more runs in the seventh inning to extend the lead to 4-0. After intentionally walking Alex Bregman to load the bases, Altuve scored on a wild pitch. Houston added another run on a Yuli Gurriel sac fly.
The Yankees finally got a run across the plate in the 8th inning when Gleyber Torres homered off Joe Smith, who came in to pitch the eighth inning. Will Harris relieved Smith and retired both batters that he faced.
Roberto Osuna had a 1-2-3 inning in the 9th to pick up the save, preserving the 4-1 win for the Astros. Cole ended the night with seven strikeouts, four hits, and five walks on 112 pitches.
Tomorrow’s game is scheduled for Wednesday, however, there is rain in the forecast that could result in moving the game to Thursday, and moving Game 5 to Friday, meaning the teams would not have the off day to travel.
The Astros went from winning a “must-win game” on Sunday to taking a one-game lead in the ALCS over the Yankees.