Staring elimination dead in the eyes, the New York Yankees were not prepared to let their World Series come to an end at home on Friday night. They wasted little time in getting their point across as well, taking advantage of Justin Verlander in the bottom of the first inning.
Already trailing 1-0 thanks to a home run from George Springer in the top of the first, the Yankees responded with back-to-back jacks that ultimately completed the scoring for the entire night. DJ LeMahieu was first, with his homer knotting the game up at one run apiece. Then it was the turn of Aaron Hicks, who smashed the game wide open by hitting a three-run bomb that made it 4-1. After that, both pitchers locked in. Verlander ended up going seven innings in total. His opposite number, James Paxton, deserves some praise, too. After giving up that run in the top of the first, he composed himself and didn’t give up anything else in six innings of work. He then handed the ball off to the bullpen, who summarily dismissed the Houston Astros’ hitters to the tune of giving up one hit in three total innings. The series now swings back to Houston with the hosts looking for the fourth win that will put them in the World Series against the patiently waiting Washington Nationals.