Stanton, Judge and the Yankees advance to the All-American Championship Series


Ronald Blum, The Associated Press

NEW YORK — Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge homered as the New York Yankees beat the Cleveland Guardians 5-1 on Tuesday to advance to the American League Championship Series.

The Yankees will find the Houston Astros there, as in 2017 and 2019.

Nestor Cortes had only three days off, but he held Cleveland to one run and three hits in five innings.

« It adds to his legend, » Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. Honestly, I would have been very happy if he had gone for 10 withdrawals, or so.

Aaron Civale lasted just one out, allowing three runs, two hits and a walk, in addition to reaching a batter.

Only a dozen of his 26 shots were in the strike zone.

Stanton sent his 21st shot over the right field fence – a three-point slap.

Jonathan Loaisiga, Clay Holmes and Wandy Peralta finished the job on the mound for the New Yorkers.

A ground ball by Myles Straw was the final out, much to the delight of the packed house of 48,178.

Jameson Taillon will start Wednesday night in Houston against Justin Verlander.

The Astros led major league baseball with 106 regular season wins, followed by the Yankees’ 99 wins.

Houston beat New York in seven games in 2017 and six games three years ago.

The Astros won the World Series five years ago; it has since been learned that they used a camera to relay the type of throws coming from the opponent.

The Yankees have won the Fall Classic 27 times, most recently in 2009.

Stanton and Judge each had two long runs in the series against the Guardians. As many as 16 of the Yankees’ 20 points have come from homers.

When Stanton and Judge homer in the same game, the Yankees are 27-2.

After Stanton’s slap, Civale gave Josh Donaldson an infield single, then gave way to Sam Hentges.

The Guardians’ point came from a sacrifice ball from Jose Ramirez.

« I know the guys are devastated, » Guardians manager Terry Francona said. They take it to heart and they have worked very hard.

“We have to see this as a start for us. We have to find a way to continue on the same path. I think we can accomplish great things.”


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