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Yankees offense continues to fade in 5-0 loss as Astros take series lead 3-0 – Orange County Register

Aaron Judge heard the boos on Saturday night and he got it. For the third time in the last six years, the Yankees have been on a collision course with the Astros for a shot at going to the World Series for the first time in 14 years. And if anything doesn’t change in the next 24 years, it will be the third time the Bombers have been eliminated in the American League Championship Series.

On Saturday night, Cristian Javier and the Astros shut out the Yankees 5-0 in Game 3 of the ALCS at Yankee Stadium and pushed the Bombers to the brink of elimination.

“We had our backs against the wall all year and even in the playoffs, especially when we were down against Cleveland. I can’t look too far ahead, I have to focus on Game 4 coming up here tomorrow,” said Judge, who was booed after retiring with bases loaded to end the Yankees’ eighth-inning rally. “Have the fans with us the whole game and we’ll take care of business.”

The Yankees fell to 0–3 in the best of seven. Only one team in baseball history has come back after losing the first three games of a seven-game series; the 2004 Red Sox came back to beat the Bombers. The Yankees face being swept for only the fourth time in franchise history in a seven-game series, the last being the 2012 ALCS when the Tigers won them in four games.

“I mean, they’re really good. Obviously, I think it starts with their pitcher, the starters they’re able to run there, coupled with a lot of really good arms out of the bullpen,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “But we have to find a way, and that starts with trying to grab one tomorrow.”

Nestor Cortes will be on the mound Sunday night in an attempt to extend the Yankees’ season through at least Monday. He’s been their most dependable pitcher all year, but won’t matter unless the Yankees hitters quickly find a way to solve Lance McCullers. Coincidentally, the starter was on the mound the last time the Yankees were shut out in a 2017 ALCS playoff game.

The Yankees are built on power throwing — with the exception of Cortes — and hitters like Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Donaldson and Anthony Rizzo hit balls out of the park. In the eight playoff games, 18 of the 22 earned runs they scored came via home run. Saturday was the second straight game they didn’t hit a home run. They were 14-26 in games without a home run. As a team, they’re 12 for 94 (.129) with four runs, five extra hits, nine walks and 41 strikeouts.

“We understand, it’s going to be tough, but at the end of the day we just have to do a better job and execute,” said Josh Donaldson, who struck to end the game to a chorus of boos from those who are. remained of the crowd announced at 47,569

The Yankees got one hit from starter Javier in 5.1 innings and struck out 5 times. They rallied to get two runners in the eighth out of the bullpen, but with two out, Aaron Judge pulled out at third base to end the inning.

The Yankees led the Majors in homers, and the AL in runs scored and was second in the league in slugging and OPS in the regular season. They scored the fewest points and have the lowest slugging percentage and OPS of the four teams still in the playoffs. They have only one homer more than the Phillies (who were still playing) for the least in the bottom four.

Judge, who broke a Yankee and AL record with 62 homers, is 5-32 with 2 home runs and 14 strikeouts in eight playoff games. Anthony Rizzo is now 1 for 9 with a home run in all three ALCS games. Giancarlo Stanton, who had the Yankees’ lone hit against Javier on Saturday, is 3 for 12. Matt Carpenter made contact Saturday, snapping his streak of eight straight strikeouts in his first eight postseason at bats. He had a two-out single in the ninth and is 1 for 9 in this series with seven strikeouts. Donaldson is 1 for 9 with seven strikeouts and Gleyber Torres is 1 for 11 after going 0 for 3 with a walk and two strikeouts on Saturday.

Judge, who hit a record 62 home runs this season, has set the tone for this team all year. He carried them for long distances. It may be starting to weigh too much.

“We have a lot of people in this team who can carry the club and I have to step up and do my job,” Judge said. “I didn’t find any big hits, I missed a few the other night, but we still have a lot of ball game in us and we have to take care of business tomorrow.”

They will have to find out on Sunday evening, otherwise it will be over.

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