BRONX, N.Y. – It was a mild night in the Bronx on Thursday night as the New York Yankees squared up against the ALWest-leading Houston Astros. Despite another ninth inning rally, the Yankees fell to the Astros, 3-2.
Michael Pineda was on the mound for the Bronx Bombers and he pitched very well aside from the early home run he allowed to Astros’ slugger, Carlos Correa. The first inning HR put the Astros up 2-0 right away but Pineda eventually settled into his groove. The big righty pitched 6.2 innings and struck out seven batters while allowing three earned runs on six hits.
But Pineda was out-pitched by one of the American League’s best arms, Dallas Keuchel. The southpaw has been electric all season and he demonstrated that against the Yankees on Thursday night. Keuchel allowed one run (unearned) on five hits and set down nine Yankee batters.
The Yankees’ best chance to tie the game came in the ninth inning when Gary Sanchez stepped up to the plate with 2-outs and the game on the line. Sanchez ripped a single to left field, scoring Aaron Hicks easily – but Jacoby Ellsbury was nabbed by left-fielder Jake Marsinik on a throw that barely beat the speedy runner to the plate.
Throw home. Go home.
With the loss, the Yankees’ record stands at 21-11 on the season and the Astros improved to 24-11, an MLB best. The Yankees will send young lefty Jordan Montgomery to the mound on Friday to take on strikeout machine Lance McCullers.
Win- Dallas Keuchel
Loss- Michael Pineda
Save- Ken Giles