Things haven’t been easy for the Yankees this year. They’ve had to scratch and claw and fight hard quite a bit. Tonight was one of those nights. The Yankees blew an early four run lead, but came back thanks to some smart base running by Lyle Overbay, to beat the Astros 5-4.
The Yankees got off to a quick start as Ichiro Suzuki led off for with a triple of Astros’ starter Erik Bedard. Jayson Nix brought him home with a single. In the second, Travis Hafner, Ben Francisco and Eduardo Nunez all walked. Chris Stewart would bring the lone run home of the inning with a sac fly. In the third, Robinson Cano hit his eighth homer of the year and Francisco hit his first to make it 4-0.
The wheels came off for David Phelps in the fourth. After a strikeout, Jose Altuve singled and Jason Castro double. Carlos Pena singled to bring home a run. Chris Carter was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Fernando Martinez got hit to make it 4-2. Brandon Barnes grounded into a force play to make it 4-3. Matt Dominguez followed with a single to tie the game.
The winning run came home in the sixth. Eduardo Nunez led off with a double and went to third on a wild pitch. Overbay walked. After a strikeout, Ichiro hit a groundball to second. Altuve went to first to get the out and Overbay got into a run down long enough to allow Nunez to score.
YGY Player Of THe Game: Overbay
Notes: After the game, the Yankees acquired Chris Nelson from the Rockies for a player to be named later or cash. Francisco Cervelli was put on the 60 day DL to create a spot on the 40 man roster. Nelson is hitting .242 with 0 home runs and four RBI. Nelson made 12 errors at third base in 92 games last season. He can play all over the infield. Kevin Youkilis got an epidural in his lower back which is helping him feel better. Curtis Granderson got two at bats in an extended spring game. Mark Teixeira took swings in the batting cage for the first time since being injured.