Tuesday evening the New York Yankees faced the Houston Astros in the second game of their four game series on the road. While the Yankees would win the game 4-0, the game had many stories circulating.
Justin Verlander was slated to face Jordan Montgomery on the mound. However, Montgomery would only last 7 pitches before leaving with elbow discomfort. He flew back to New York following the game, where he was diagnosed with a left elbow strain, finding himself on the 10-day DL list. On the other hand, Verlander was lights out through 8 innings, only allowing 3 hits and sitting down 14 by way of strikeout, which is tied for his career best.
With the early exit of Montgomery, the Yankees bullpen was put to the test. Domingo German threw 4 innings, scattering 4 hits while striking out 4 and only allowing one walk. Chad Green, Dellin Betances, David Robertson, and Aroldis Chapman all came in for 1 inning, allowing only 2 hits and striking out 9.
Ken Giles would come in for relief of Verlander, who did not have his best day on the mound. In just ⅓ of an inning he gave up 4 hits, 4 earned runs, and recorded 1 strikeout. One of those hits was a 3-run blast from Gary Sanchez as the mistakes were capitalized by the Yankees. In order to stop the bleeding Giles would be replaced with Will Harris, who successfully closed out the inning. But not before the damage was already done.
On the way to the dugout, Giles was visibly frustrated with his performance, hitting his own chest, as well as physically assaulting himself by punching himself in the face. The reliever would then go into the dugout and slam a bat on the ground, where fans at home could read lips of expletives very clearly being mouthed.
The Yankees continue to show their power throughout the entire lineup, and the strength of their bullpen, which is arguably the best in the league, while they surprise teams with their ‘one-swing’ approach. Meaning, it only takes one swing to turn the game in their favor.
Meanwhile, the Astros continue to show their consistency of getting on base, and the dominance of their starting rotation.
Wednesday night should be a good game, as both teams have now taken one in this series.
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