Yankees 4, Astros 2: Offense falters in series finale

Bob Levey

Houston's offensive production has dipped since Opening Day.

This was not a great day for the offense. In Houston's third game of the season, it posted its lowest run total. From a season-high six runs on Monday, the Astros only managed two runs in a 4-2 loss to the Yankees in the series finale.

That loss meant that the Yankees avoided a sweep and meant the Astros will have to wait a little longer for their first home sweep in over 40 series.

Brett Oberholtzer didn't pitch badly, going 5 2/3 innings while allowing five hits, three runs and a walk and striking out five. Brad Peacock was the only other pitcher Houston needed, throwing the final 3 1/3 innings to save the bullpen while striking out four, walking three and giving up two hits and a run.

The worst news for Houston's offense wasn't the complete lack of production from the likes of Chris Carter, Marc Krauss and Matt Dominguez. It was Jason Castro's foot injury that forced him out of the game and will keep him day-to-day. Houston's catcher was plunked twice by Yankees' starter Ivan Nova and the second time, was hit on the foot.

Not much else to say about this one. No, the Astros weren't going 162-0, but it was nice to dream for a while. Dexter Fowler continues his torrid pace, hitting .500 for the series against the Yankees with a 2-for-4 effort Thursday. Jose Altuve stole a base and drove in a run, just like the cleanup hitter that he is. Houston's only extra-base hit came on a Jonathan Villar double.

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