Audition failed? Cole Hamels gives up five runs in a loss to the Yankees

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Yeah, the headline is sort of trolly, I realize that. But the fact is that Cole Hamels is the most eligible pitcher available at the trade deadline and the Yankees are in pretty desperate need for a starter. It doesn’t seem like those two teams match up wonderfully as far as a trade goes, but you know there are no small number of Yankees fans who covet Hamels and would love to see him pitch in the Bronx.

Well, they saw him pitch in the Bronx today and it didn’t go too well: Hamels gave up five runs on eight hits in five innings and the Yankees went on to win in a laugher, 10-2.

For the Yankees the story of the day was Ivan Nova, who returned from the disabled list to pitch six and two-thirds shutout innings. He and the Phillies relievers even managed to tame Maikel Franco, who had been terrorizing the Yankees for the previous two games. The phenom went 0-for-4. Mark Teixeira also bounced back after some time off with ailments, going 3-for-5 with two driven in.

Yankees keep ALCS hopes alive with 4-1 win over Astros

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The Yankees defeated the Astros 4-1 during Game 5 of the American League Championship Series on Friday night, staving off a potential postseason elimination and forcing the series to at least six games.

In just the third playoff appearance of his career, Yankees southpaw James Paxton turned in another impressive performance, limiting the Astros to four hits and four walks over six innings of one-run ball. According to MLB Stats, his nine strikeouts made him the second Yankees lefty to record multiple starts of 8+ strikeouts in the same postseason campaign, two decades after David Wells did so for the 1998 championship-winning club.

Paxton’s strong outing was backed by a handful of runs from DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Hicks, both of whom went deep against Astros ace Justin Verlander in the bottom of the first inning. LeMahieu’s leadoff solo shot marked his first postseason home run since Game 1 of the ALDS, while Hicks’ three-run 347-footer was his first home run of any variety since July 24 (and his first in the playoffs since the 2017 ALDS).

Neither team managed a single run after the first inning, leaving the two pitching staffs to duke it out for eight quick innings. Verlander outlasted Paxton — taking the game through the seventh with five hits, four runs, and nine strikeouts — but even with a flawless contribution from Brad Peacock in the eighth, there was little the hurlers could do to help the Astros solve Paxton and an airtight Yankees bullpen.

With the win, the Yankees will try to push the series to a full seven games in order to snatch the AL pennant from the Astros. They’ll have to do in Houston, however, as the Astros will regain home field advantage when Game 6 kicks off on Saturday at 8:08 PM EDT. Neither starter has been announced yet; per Houston skipper A.J. Hinch, it will likely be a bullpen day.