After a hard fought game on Opening Day, more of the same was expected on day two. Well, it was hard fought in the sense that they had to fight to keep Yankees batters off the bases, and from hitting multi-run homers.
It started out pretty well. Carlos Correa started his night off with the first of his two home runs in the game, a bomb to left field. That would be the only lead of the night for the Astros.
Collin McHugh took the hill for his first start of the season. One out, 43 pitches, and five runs later his night was done. McHugh did not look sharp at any point. He took five batters to a full count. The inning started with a catcher's interference and went downhill from there. A walk, and then another walk loaded the bases. After a visit to the mound, McHugh gave up an RBI single to Mark Teixeira, a 2-RBI double to Brian McCann, an RBI groundout to Carlos Beltran, and an RBI single to Chase Headley. McHugh gave way to Michael Feliz, who gave up one more run before getting out of the inning with a 6-1 deficit.
The Astros came storming back in the second inning. A Luis Valbuena single, a Preston Tucker double, and a HBP to Jose Altuve loaded the bases for George Springer. Springer deposited the ball into the seats in deep left center field for his first career grand slam to cut the Yankees lead to 6-5. That was as close as it would get the rest of the night.
Feliz took one for the team, pitching 4 1/3 innings and throwing 107 pitches. He wasn't especially effective, but he saved arms in the pen. He walked four, struck out four, and gave up 3-run homers in each of the second and third innings. He left the game in the fifth inning after giving up six runs with the score 12-5.
The Astros got on the scoreboard again on Correa's second homer of the night, a 460 foot mammoth shot to dead center.
The Yankees scored some more runs, but I don't think we need to get into all that. Honestly it just got pretty irritating after a while.
Tomorrow afternoon the rubber game will be at 3-ish Houston time, with Mike Fiers facing off against Nathan Eovaldi for New York.
Let's look at some positives...
The team banged out 12 hits, so the offense wasn't bad.
Springer hit a grand slam!
Correa went 4-for-5 with 2 big flies.
It was ONLY ONE GAME!
Tweets of the Night
Correa's second homer had an exit velocity of 113.6 mph and a Projected HR Distance of 462 ft, according to @statcast
— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) April 7, 2016
Correa's second homer had an exit velocity of 113.6 mph and a Projected HR Distance of 462 ft, according to @statcast— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) April 7, 2016