Yankees score against Guardians: Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge homer as New York wins Game 5 do-or-die

Yankees score against Guardians: Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge homer as New York wins Game 5 do-or-die

NEW YORK — The ALDS is finally over and the New York Yankees are heading to the ALCS. On Tuesday afternoon, the Yankees defeated the Cleveland Guardians in Game 5 win-win at Yankee Stadium (NYY 5, CLE 1). They now head to Houston to face the Astros for the American League pennant, while Cleveland heads home. The best of five ALDS went the distance and also featured two eight-day rains.

The decision to start Nestor Cortes worked wonders for New York, and the Yankees’ two power hitters – Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge – put runs on the board early to give them breathing room. The Guardians were behind the whole game, and the decision to start Aaron Civale on Shane Bieber on a short rest backfired in spectacular fashion.

Here are five takeaways from Game 5, plus a look at what’s next.

1. Stanton hit another home run in October

When the Guardians opted to start Civale in Game 5 over Bieber on a short rest, it certainly turned out to be a questionable decision. Bieber is one of the best pitchers in the game, and when your season hangs in the balance, you want to do your best. Instead, Cleveland went with Civale, their homerun-prone No. 4 starter.

“We just feel like it’s the right thing to do for him and for us,” manager Terry Francona said before Game 5 when asked not to use Bieber during a short rest in a match where the winner takes all.

The decision to launch Civale immediately backfired. He opened the game with a four-pitch walk to Gleyber Torres, hit Anthony Rizzo with a two-strike pitch, then served a three-run home run on the opposite side of Stanton to put the Guardians in a 3-0 first hole. Here is Stanton’s rocket dinger:

The homer was Stanton’s second in the series and his 11th in 23 career postseason games, tied with Carlos Beltrán for the most home runs in 23 career postseason games. Stanton has gone deep 10 times in his last 15 playoff games. With this homer, the Yankees have scored one or more first-inning runs in three of five ALDS games.

2. The judge hit a home run

It was a milestone season for Judge and the 62 homer scored more history in Game 5. His second inning solo homer gave the Yankees a 4-0 lead, and was also his fourth career home run in a win-win postseason game. This is the most of the story. Here is the explosion of Judge’s Game 5:

Judge had previously gone deep into the 2017 and 2018 AL Wild Card games and Game 5 of the 2020 ALDS. His fourth homer win-win broke a tie with Stanton, Yogi Berra, Didi Gregorius, Troy O’Leary and Moose Skowron. They all had three each. O’Leary is the only such player who has never played for the Yankees.

3. Cortes played five rounds


The starting pitcher’s two decisions couldn’t have gone any differently. Rather than use Monday night’s rain to launch Bieber on a short rest on Tuesday, the Guardians stuck with Civale, who gave up three points and retired one. Cleveland’s bullpen did a good job of holding off the Yankees — four relievers held New York to two runs in 7 2/3 innings.

The Yankees, meanwhile, used the rain to launch Cortes on a short rest in Game 5, and he was wonderful. He held the Guardians to one run in five innings and needed just 61 pitches to do it. After a short rest, the Yankees couldn’t expect anything more from Nasty Nestor. He was terrific.

Cleveland had two opportunities to come back into the game. First, the Guardians loaded the bases with one out in the third, but only got a single run on a sacrifice fly from José Ramírez. Then, in the sixth, they put the first two runners on base, but two strikeouts and one strikeout killed the rally without a run crossing the plate. Those were their best chances to come back in Game 5.

The Guardians have also never threatened Cortes and three Yankees relievers (Jonathan Loáisiga, Clay Holmes, Wandy Peralta). Peralta, it should be noted, have faced Josh Naylor and Giménez in all five ALDS games. They are the two best left-handed batsmen in Cleveland and Peralta held them 0 for 8 with four strikeouts and a double play. I can’t get better than that. Peralta is the first pitcher to appear in all five in a single ALDS.

One team went with their No. 4 starter rested and another with their No. 2 starter tired. The team that rolled the dice with their best available thrower won Game 5 and went to the ALCS.

4. The Guardians had a bad non-challenge

It was a tough ALDS for Cleveland’s replay coordinator. The Guardians went 0 for 2 on the Game 2 challenges even though both calls were obviously correct on first viewing of the replay and should never have been challenged (videos). Then, in Game 5, the Guardians failed to challenge Andrés Giménez’s infield single in the fourth inning. Rizzo failed at first base.

The Guardians were trailing 4-1 at the time. They needed all the baserunners they could get. Maybe nothing comes of it (there were two outs in the inning), but you should at least attempt a challenge, right? Even if you think he was absent, it’s certainly close enough to dispute. Not everything has to be a slam dunk. No shame in trying a draw. Alas.

5. Cleveland’s historic losing streak continues

With the Game 5 loss, Cleveland has now lost 11 straight postseason playoff games, extending the longest losing streak in baseball history. It dates back to Game 7 of the 1997 World Series. Cleveland has also lost eight straight playoff games. Here are their last 11 postseason playoff games:

  • ALDS Game 2022 5: Lost 5-1 against the Yankees (winner takes all)
  • Game 2 of the 2020 AL Wild Card Series: 10-9 loss to the Yankees
  • ALDS 2018 Game 3: Lost 11-3 to Astros
  • ALDS Game 5 2017: Lost 5-2 against the Yankees (winner)
  • 2016 World Series Game 7: 8-7 loss to the Cubs (takeaway win)
  • Wild Card AL 2013 game: 4-0 loss to the Rays (takeaway winner)
  • 2007 ALCS Game 7: Lost 11-2 against the Red Sox (winner)
  • 2001 ALDS Game 5: 3-1 loss to the Mariners (winner takes it all)
  • 1999 ALDS Game 5: Lost 12-8 against the Red Sox (winner)
  • 1998 ALCS Game 6: 9-5 loss to the Yankees
  • 1997 World Series Game 7: 3-2 loss to the Marlins (takeaway winner)

There are some real heartbreakers in there, including Edgar Renteria’s single winning the championship in 1997 and losing the World Series in 2016. Cleveland still hasn’t won a postseason playoff since. Game 6 of the 1997 World Series a quarter century ago. . They’ll have to wait until 2023 to exorcise these demons (or they just couldn’t play a game of elimination).

6. See You Next

For the Guardians, the offseason. They have been eliminated. The Yankees now move on to play the Astros in the ALCS. This series begins Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park. This will be the third time in the past six years that the Yankees and Astros have met in the ALCS, with the Astros winning their 2017 and 2019 games. Justin Verlander (18-4, 1.75 ERA) and Jameson Taillon ( 14-5, 3.96 ERA) will be the starters for Game 1. The winner of the Astros vs Yankees ALCS will face the winner of the Padres vs Phillies NLCS in the World Series.

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