Yankees win 2022 American League Division Series
NEW YORK — Until the first cap was popped at Tuesday’s celebration, the Yankees refused to look too far in their mission to raise a championship banner in the Bronx, aware of the danger of underestimating a roster arrived from the Guardians. Still, a showdown with the Astros lurked, a just reward for surviving that grueling American League split streak.
For the third time in six years, the Yankees travel to Houston with a World Series trip on the line, and they’re betting on a different outcome. Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge homered in support of Nestor Cortes’ brave effort as the Yankees sent Cleveland home with a 5-1 victory in Game 5 of the ALDS at Yankee Stadium.
“My ultimate goal is to go out there and win a World Series, and the Astros are a team that’s always been on the way,” Judge said. “They have a great ball club there, so you have to go through Houston. I can not wait to be there. It’s a great game and we’re going to have fun. »
Gleyber Torres recorded the final, receiving a pitch from shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa and immediately mimicking the “rock the baby” gesture Cleveland’s Josh Naylor used when circling the bases after a Game 4 homer against Gerrit Cole in Cleveland. Torres said the Yankees felt Naylor’s display was “disrespectful.”
“Baseball always has another opportunity,” Torres said. “We won tonight, and it’s revenge. Now they can watch the game on TV tomorrow.
The Yankees have other scores to settle as they fly to Houston, where their World Series dreams were dashed in 2017 and 2019. The Minute Maid Park visitors’ clubhouse will forever be the place to be. the judge watched CC Sabathia cry in his locker in 2017, then heard Brett Gardner’s voice crack in a moving, tearful speech to his teammates at the end of the 2019 race.
It’s no surprise that the Fall Classic trip passes through Houston, where the Astros topped their division with a 106-win campaign. Yet in October, we’ve already seen the favorite Cardinals, Blue Jays, Mets, Dodgers and Braves shipped out by teams with fewer regular-season wins. These Yankees intend to be the next to be upset.
“We’re going to go into it with some confidence,” manager Aaron Boone said. “We know they’re a great team, rested and ready. We look forward to the challenge.
Game 1 of the ALCS is Wednesday at 7:37 p.m. ET, with Jameson Taillon facing Justin Verlander. Taillon said he didn’t drink a drop of alcohol at Tuesday’s celebration, although he joked that he wore a lot. He was focused on the Astros.
“They are extremely deep,” Taillon said. “Power, they do a bit of everything, right-handed, left-handed. It’s a good challenge.
Playing in the 31st “winner takes all” game in club history, the Yanks’ anxiety was eased by connecting their big hitters, a reliable recipe for success in Judge and Stanton’s five seasons together.
Stanton returned his bat forcefully after a three-run homer off Aaron Civale, who recorded just one out. The judge clubbed a solo shot in the second round against Sam Hentges. It was the fourth time Stanton and Judge had homered in the same postseason game, the most by two Yankees teammates.
Overall, the Yankees improved to 28-2 in games when Judge and Stanton each came over the fences. Finding a television camera near the first base side of the Yankees dugout, the judge grabbed the interlocking “NY” across his chest and kissed his uniform – an unusual gesture that sparked thoughts of his pending free agency .
Given a different outcome, after all, there was a chance that Tuesday marked Judge’s final pinstripe game. Now he continues to play.
“It was for the fans,” Judge said. “I watched a lot of Premier League football, and I think it got the better of me. The fans brought the energy tonight from the first pitch. They were on. They were loud, they were screaming and they created a fun atmosphere.
Cortes would also feel the love of a sold-out crowd of 48,178 – most of whom suffered a nearly three-hour baseball-free delay on Monday and then returned for more on Tuesday.
From three days off, Cortes only allowed one run on three hits. One was a third-inning popup that went down when shortstop Oswaldo Cabrera collided with left fielder Aaron Hicks, who suffered a left knee injury that Hicks said would end his season.
Otherwise, Cortes was efficient and magnificent, allowing only José Ramírez’s sacrificial fly in the third set. The All-Star southpaw delighted a rowdy crowd with one of his trademark hesitation pitches to Steven Kwan in the fifth inning; he sailed high for a ball.
“It’s amazing to be able to do what I did today,” Cortes said. “I didn’t know how long I was going to be there. I was just trying to give my team innings.
Anthony Rizzo put the fizz on the ice with a fifth-inning RBI single, helping send the Yankees to their 18th ALCS (most of all time) and their third trip in the past six seasons (also 2017 and 19, both against the Astros).
“We know what’s at stake,” Stanton said. “We could pack our bags and go home right now. Took everyone tonight, and we’ll be ready to go again tomorrow.