Yankees make a statement taking 3 of 4 in Houston
That was a wild one! The New York Yankees defeated the Houston Astros in a come from behind victory 5-4 today. A curious decision to pull Chris Devenski after the 8th could have contribute to the win.
The Yankees jumped ahead to a 3-0 lead in the third by playing small ball. Masahiro Tanaka was cruising through his first six innings. He collected five strikeouts. However, at the start of the seventh inning, things unfolded. Tanaka loaded the bases with nobody out. The Yankees decided to pull Tanaka and go to Chad Green. He gave up two singles in just as many at bats. It was 3-2, but a passed ball by Gary Sanchez tied the game up. Springer grounded out on a come backer to the mound to give the Astros a 4-3 lead.
In the 8th, the Yankees decided to keep Chad in the game. In a two strike count, he hung a slider to Carlos Correa that was crushed 448 feet to extend the Astros lead, 5-3. Chasen Shreve finished the inning cleanly. To the ninth we go.
After a dominant 8th inning by Chris Devenski, the Astros put in Will Harris to close out the game. Neil Walker started of the inning with a walk. Miguel Andujar followed with a single to right field. Aaron Hicks drew a 3-2 count before hitting a single the opposite way. Brad Peacock took over for Harris after that. In comes Gleyber Torres with bases loaded and nobody out. On a 0-1 pitch, he knocked a single into left field scoring two. Aaron Judge chipped in with an RBI groundout to make the lead 6-5 going into the bottom of the ninth.
Chapman came in for the save. He retired the first two batters. It looked like it would be over after he struck out Evan Gattis, but the ball got by Sanchez allowing him to reach. George Springer followed with a cheap single to add to the drama. Altuve vs Chapman with the game on the line. Fastball Pitcher vs Fastball Hitter. The result? A three pitch strikeout to end the game. Chasen Shreve collected the win, while Chapman got the save.