New York Yankees Recap: Series Split In Houston After Loss
The New York Yankees managed to take the last two games against the Houston Astros, today they tried go for three out of four down in Houston before heading to Anaheim. On the mound was somewhat struggling Michael Pineda, and for the Astros Collin McHugh. Pineda’s ERA has been over seven for the month of June so a clean start here would’ve helped him get past it, and make a smooth transition into July
The game was quiet for the first two innings until Stephen Drew walked, and then moved over to second with a wild pitch. This was followed by a single from Brett Gardner driving in Drew, adding onto to a scorching month of June for Gardy.
To the bottom of the fourth inning as Pineda was strolling along, Carlos Correa hit (what should’ve been) a routine fly to the gap, but it stayed up long enough for either Garrett Jones or Gardner to get there. Both Jones and Gardner were closing in, it appears no one called it, and the ball fell between to the two.
To make things worse as Gardner was sliding for the ball he kicked it back to the wall, and with Correa’s speed he was safe at home. Though it was an inside-the-park home run, it was ruled as a double and an error on Gardy. This was Jones’ first game in left field since 2010, though whoever it is out there with Jacoby Ellsbury gone, you’d think Gardner should’ve called it immediately. That one run would prove costly as well with a tight game.
The next two innings went smoothly before Pineda left a pitch up for Evan Gattis to hit deep to center. Gardner didn’t make the catch at the wall however with only one out Correa on third would’ve been in at home. Pineda was able to get the next two outs without any problem keeping it at a one run game.
With the Yankees down two in the ninth they were unable to come back and would split the series with the Astros. Michael Pineda went all eight innings saving an overworked bullpen for the series in Anaheim. It was his first complete game, and unfortunately getting no run support, and only two hits. Tomorrow the Yankees go further out West to take on the Angels as they get closer to the All-Star break.
While the Yankees lost today, they received good news regarding Jacoby Ellsbury. He will be heading to Tampa to start his rehab assignment, and hopefully be ready by the time the Yanks’ come back home to face the Rays. Ellsbury has been out since May 19th.
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