The Yankees and Astros squared off in a heavyweight bout (see what I did there) that consisted of two powerhouse American League opponents. The boys with NEW YORK across their chest drew first blood Tuesday, but not before Justin Verlander, Houston’s ace, shut down the Yankees’ lineup over the course of eight innings.
Gary Sanchez was tonight’s hero, sending a Ken Giles‘ pitch to dead-center, giving his squad a 3-0 lead late in the fight. FYI: Gary’s home run was certainly more powerful than the punch Giles delivered to his face.
As for Yankees pitching, Jordan Montgomery looked great in the first inning, but left early after experiencing tightness in his elbow. In relief, Domingo German saved the pitching staff, hurling four innings of shutout ball.
Check out what Sanchez, Montgomery, German, Boone, and even Ken “Rocky Balboa” Giles had to say following tonight’s 4-0 win over the defending champs:
Gary Sanchez's last 17 games:
🔥 .299 BA
🔥 7 HR
🔥 14 XBH
🔥 18 R
🔥 24 RBI pic.twitter.com/cEQzDVx1oJ
Yankees relievers Tuesday vs. HOU:
⚾ 8.0 IP
⚾ 6 H
⚾ 0 R
⚾ 13 K
⚾ 1 BB pic.twitter.com/resmUokTDP
Both Astros & Yankees managers react to an action-packed 9th inning as New York earns a 4-0 shutout win. pic.twitter.com/5BcePF8UCK
Ken Giles: "I made a horrible pitch, he deserved to hit it over the fence. That's how it goes." pic.twitter.com/5FlALw88fd