Well, that was a disappointing series to say the least. After a brilliant outing by Charlie Morton on Monday night and a 2-1 victory, the Astros dropped three straight games.
While this sounds bad already, what makes this series loss hurt even more is that the Astros blew a tie or the lead in the 9th inning in 2 out of 3 losses.
Lance McCullers Jr. had a rough outing early on, struggling with his command. He eventually settled down and turned his start around, finishing with a whiff rate of 12.96% on 14 swinging strikes out of 108 pitches, a respectable mark.
Many were shocked that McCullers was able to pitch seven full innings considering his rocky start, but the young right-hander battled well and kept the Astros in the game. Then, the bullpen gave up the lead in the 9th inning after Will Harris loaded the bases with no outs and Brad Peacock just could not halt the damage enough.
Carlos Correa had a great afternoon, making a stellar play in the field and crushing a home run 446 feet into the glass beyond left field and above the train tracks. Other than that, the Astros scored their runs based on Yankees miscues and a gift HBP from the home plate umpire.
If you missed it, Carlos Correa did a damn thing. pic.twitter.com/GD8rHTcmMu— Sung Min Kim (@sung_minkim) May 3, 2018
The Astros will have to rebound quickly after this tough home series loss, as they’ll get on a plane this evening and fly to Arizona where they’ll face the Diamondbacks. So far, Arizona boasts a 21-9 record and has one of the best lineups in baseball headlined by slugging first baseman Paul Goldschmidt.