It took 14 innings, but the Yankees won today’s game by a score of 5-1 over the Houston Astros to end the 2013 regular season.
In the first inning, the Yankees got a double but they also had three strikeouts to end that quickly. For the Yankees, lefty David Huff got the opportunity to start. Shortstop Jonathan Villar opened the bottom half of the inning with a double to left field. One out later, Matt Dominguez hit a single to bring in the first run and give the Astros an early 1-0 lead.
In five innings, David Huff allowed one run on three hits while striking out seven.
Throughout this lengthy game, the Yankees rarely threatened scoring. The veteran Erik Bedard shut down the Yankees through seven innings. He allowed just three hits while striking out nine in seven scoreless innings. With one out in the eighth inning, Astros reliever Josh Zeid gave up a double to Eduardo Nunez. He would get another strikeout before Curtis Granderson came through with a two-out single to tie the game at 1-1 in the eighth inning.
The Astros entered today’s game with 1,516 strikeouts as a team. The record was 1,530. In the ninth inning, Dellin Betances was the third reliever for the Yankees and he was in his second inning of work. He would strikeout Matt Dominguez, Chris Carter and J.D. Martinez. The strikeout of Martinez would tie them for the all-time single season strikeout record as a team.
In 2.1 perfect innings, Dellin Betances struck out four.
Just three baserunners between the two teams from the 10th to the 13th inning meant the game would stay tied as they continue to extend the last game of the regular season.
Mark Reynolds would decide that enough was enough. The Yankees first baseman would hit his 21st home run of the season to deep left center field and gave the Yankees their first lead of the game in the 14th inning. Travis Hafner and David Adams would strikeout to follow the big blast but Brendan Ryan would take none of that, hitting a single to center field. Zoilo Almonte would follow suit with a hit and run single to put runners on the corners with two outs. Eduardo Nunez would plate two insurance runs and J.R. Murphy would hit a rocket off the left field scoreboard for his first career run batted in.
With a four-run lead, the Yankees turned to the potential heir to the great Mariano Rivera, David Robertson. Two ground outs and a fly out to center would wrap up this long game. The Yankees sweep the Houston Astros.
Win – Matt Daley (1-0)
Loss – Lucas Harrell (6-17)
*Mark Reynolds – 1 for 6, R, Solo Home Run (21) in the 14th, RBI (67)
*Eduardo Nunez – 3 for 7, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI (28)
*Matt Dominguez – 1 for 5, RBI (77)
*Jonathan Villar – 1 for 6, R, 2B
Final 2013 Yankees Record: 85-77
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