Earlier in the day Sunday, the other active Houston team, the Texans had a redemption Sunday where they came back from turnovers and mistakes to beat a tough KC Chiefs team.
Sunday night there were a lot of redemptive themes to the Astros 3-2 walkoff win over the very tough Yankees team.
– The Astros as a team had played a sleepwalking first game in a 7-0 loss that had the intensity of a preseason game. Sunday they played a tight game where every pitch, every play had meaning and the Astros played it like the must win it was.
– George Springer, who had been having a dry spot reminiscent of his 2017 run against the Yanks cranked out a first pitch game tying home run against Adam Ottavino in the 5th inning to inspire the sellout crowd.
– Justin Verlander who had said he was good to go on short rest in Game 4 against the Rays (and wasn’t) pitched a vintage JV game – holding the Yanks in check except for the obligatory Aaron Judge 2 run HR.
– The bullpen which let a manageable 3-0 deficit balloon to a 7-0 blowout in the first game – held the Yanks scoreless over the last 4-1/3 innings to earn this critical win.
– And Carlos Correa, who had been on the fan’s skeptic list for oddwad injuries during the last two seasons – knocked in the first run with a screaming double into the corner, and then walked it off with a first pitch 11th inning dinger off former Astro J.A Happ.
Now it is on to NYC and an attempt to regain home field advantage. If they get swept like they did in 2017 this series will be over. If Gerrit Cole continues his Al Davis – just win baby – run against Luis Severino, they will regain control of the series. Who starts games 4 and 5? Neither team has announced those pitchers and neither team needs to look beyond Game 3 yet.
What happens next – we will see.