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Yankees drop series opener to Astros 4-3

April 9, 2019

The Yankees lost a tough one on Monday night, to the Houston Astros, by a score of 4-3. Masahiro Tanaka faced off against Justin Verlander, and for those who enioy watching good pitching, you were in for a treat in this one.

 

The Yankees would open up the scoring in the top of the 3rd after a Luke Voit single with the bases loaded. The 'Stros would get that run right back in the bottom of the 4th after a long solo shot off the bat of the small but mighty Jose Altuve. 1-1 after 3.

 

Verlander kept the Yankees in check until a laser off the bat of Aaron judge carried over the wall in left giving the Yanks a 2-1 lead after 5.

 

The Yankees' final run would come in the 6th. After a D.J. LeMahieu double, Clint Frazier would slam one off the left field wall for a long RBI single making it 3-1 Yankees.

 

Unfortunately for that Yankees, in the 7th, the wheels would fall off. Zack Britton started to lose control of his sinker and would surrender a 2-run double to Robinson Chirinos, tying the game at 3. Adam Ottavino would come on and give up a broken bat infield single to Carlos Correa, giving the Astros a 4-3 lead. Ottavino would escape further trouble.

 

In the top half of the ninth, Astros closer Roberto Osuna came on to close things out. Despite some hard hit balls by Urshela and Judge, the Yanks would go down 1-2-3 in the ninth as their record dropped back to .500 (5-5)

 

A frustrating loss to say the least. This team's strong suit is its bullpen and they (Britton) didn't get the job done by any means. Oh well, it's still early in the season and tomorow is a new day. Jonathan Loaisiga gets the ball against Gerrit Cole at 8:10 PM ET.

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