UPDATE: Urshela’s knee is “stable” but he’s going for an MRI. Could lose two infielders this series.
Wouldn’t it be nice just to…I don’t know, feel good for an entire week, Yankees fans?
The Bombers had a chance to pull off what once seemed like an extremely improbable sweep on Thursday afternoon in the Bronx, sending Gerrit Cole to the mound to secure victory with a 3-1 lead in the seventh.
Cole gave up his second home run of the game to Yordan Alvarez, slicing the lead in half, before the Astros rallied against a shaky Chad Green in the eighth. After a leadoff walk, Aledmys Diaz sliced one down the line that Gio Urshela somehow stopped before throwing errantly.
Two batters later, Jose Altuve had the opportunity to get the last laugh on a stadium full of booing Yankees fans, and like Mike Brosseau and…well, Jose Altuve before him, he did so with a three-run bomb to secure a 5-3 Astros lead.
Somehow, the news got even worse for the Yankees during the pitching change that brought Lucas Luetge in.
Urshela limped off the field, replaced by Tyler Wade, in a cruel twist of fate in — taking a shot in the dark here! — the worst eighth inning of the season.
The New York Yankees lost Gio Urshela in a nightmare eighth inning.
Fun was the first two games of the series. Fun was before Altuve got “revenge” for…being treated the way he should’ve been as punishment for something he did!
Fun was when Urshela clattered to the dirt, knelt on the ground in clear pain, then recovered to watch a Martin Maldonado strikeout and the Altuve bomb before waving the white flag.
What’s next for Urshela? Likely some examinations and an extended edition of the waiting game. Injuries happen, but it’s not beneficial for a Yankees team that was just about to get Luke Voit back to lose their lineup-balancing cleanup hitter and best defensive player, especially in the same week they lost Rougned Odor.
We’ll hold our breath. Once again, though, the Yankees have managed to take an objectively impressive series win and time the one loss perfectly to maximize the amount they’ll be laughed at.