'New York is no joke' - Astros admit Yankee Stadium crowd energy was overwhelming
"New York is no joke. Yankee Stadium is a tough place to play," Astros starter Dallas Keuchel told the media following the game, just 24 hours after saying he "fully expected" to receive an onslaught of boos and jeers from fans in the Bronx.
"It was rocking these three games," Keuchel said. "That's why it's so hard to win on the road in the playoffs."
After falling in an 0-2 hole after the first two games of the ALCS in Houston, the Yankees stormed back to win three straight at Yankee Stadium, capped off by Wednesday's 5-0 shutout led by the magnificent effort of Masahiro Tanaka, who allowed just three hits over seven scoreless innings.
Yankees pitchers have shone throughout the postseason, and collectively rank first among all playoff teams in strikeouts (108), ERA (2.45), opponent batting average (.169) and opponent OPS (.530). New York pitchers have also racked up a pair of shutouts this postseason.
"I never heard anything as loud as it was yesterday when Gary hit that double. Loudest I've ever been a part of," said Houston shortstop Carlos Correa. "It was crazy."
The Yankees have yet to lose in front of their hometown fans this postseason, moving to a perfect 6-0 at The Stadium with Wednesday's resounding victory. They've still got their work cut out for them with the series heading back to Houston for the final game(s), but to the Yankees' delight, New York was as inhospitable for their visiting foes as they could have expected.
"This is a wild place to play," said Astros outfielder George Springer.