HOUSTON – The Yankees know they will have to ask a lot of their bullpen if they want to win their first World Series in a decade.
Sunday night was a brutal ordeal, and for the most part their reliefs did all the Yankees could expect.
Manager Aaron Boone called for eight different reliefs – including CC Sabathia and JA Hap – after eliminating James Paxton in the third inning of a 3-2, 11th inning loss to the ALCS Game 2 at ALCS at Minute Maid Park.
And besides two terrains, they were ready for the task.
Exceptions proved to be particularly costly, as Adam Ottavino hung George Spring's slider in the fifth to tie the game at 2-2, and Happ dropped the game-winning homer of Carlos Correa to start the bottom of the 1
Boone's confidence in the pen led him to bring Paxton out early, and he was impressed by what the reliefs did.
"You play it to win the game," Boone said of his move to grab Paxton. "You don't play it on [say]," What if we go 13 [innings]you know? You play "What gives us the best chance to win here?" And the bottom line is that we eventually give up the third series in the 11th inning. I would say in terms of preventing running, it went pretty well. ”
Otavino went one out in the bottom of the fifth after two unsuccessful innings of
. the game, but it lifted Michael Bruntley, but Bruntley got on a wild pitch on Strike 3 before entering the game of Jose Altowow to break the house.
Otavino recovered to strike. Alex Bregman looked but was pulled for Tommy Canle to face left-back Jordan Alvarez.
Canlee got the job done by making Alvarez keep the knot game at 2-2, but it was another to do with the performance of Otavino, who had only twice faced one weapon during the outings against the Twins in ALDS.
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This is a different experience for Ottavino – who in five playoff games this year has given up five hits, one run and two UAs. I will go along with three strikeouts. In Saturday's win when Otavino threw for no score, he still gave up a pair of singles and needed a double play to escape without giving up running.
Following his last seven appearances in the regular season, he allowed five starts (three earned) over six innings while walking four and striking out seven.
That was not what the Yankees meant when they made Otavino one of their big offseason free agents.
"Feeling good, & # 39; & # 39; said Otavino.
Unlike this piece, the Yankees pen was excellent – including Sabatia, who made his third relief appearance in his career and second in the postseason game.
"We will have to continue to do this to beat this team," Sabatia said. "They are a great team. It will take us all."