For the third straight night the Astros have come from behind to win, scoring the tying or winning run in the eighth inning. Last night it was Carlos Correa’s swinging bunt single, and tonight it was a two-run George Springer RBI double that broke a 3-3 tie and gave the Astros their fifth straight victory. After Springer’s double Tony Kemp completed the scoring on a Jose Altuve sacrifice fly. Here’s George after getting the big hit.
The Yankees opened the scoring in the first with a Luke Voit home run, the only run starter Gerrit Cole would allow until the sixth inning. In the sixth the Yanks would add two more runs after Cole walked Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge. Voit would then hit a sharp grounder to Carlos Correa that looked like an easy double play, but with 6’8” Judge barreling down on diminutive second baseman Jose Altuve, Altuve’s throw to first bounced into first base, and Yuli Gurriel was unable to handle the throw, allowing Voit to get on.
Gary Sanchez would make the Astros pay with a double that scored Brett Gardner from third and Voit from first, completing the Yankees’ scoring for the night.
The Astros scored a run in the second on a Michael Brantley lead-off double. After Brantley advanced to third on a wild pitch by Yankees starter Jonathon Loaisiga, Yuli Gurriel picked up an RBI on a sacrifice fly.
In the third the Astros would take a temporary lead on a Jose Altuve home run, his second in two nights, his third of the year, and the 100th of his career. The Astros would hold a 2-1 lead until the Yankees scored their 2 runs in the sixth. Here are all 100 of Altuve’s homers
The Astros would tie the score in the seventh with some two-out heroics and a little clutch hitting, starting with a double by Alex Bregman off the glove of Clint Frazier. This extends Bregman’s hitting streak to eight games. Michael Brantley then tied the game with an RBI double.
George Springer would then provide the winning runs with his two-run double in the eighth.
Gerrit Cole pitched seven innings, allowing three runs on four hits and three walks. He struck out seven. This is what Cole did to poor Gio Urshela.
This pitch by Gerrit Cole to Gio Urshela pic.twitter.com/50AujU7HBe— Daren Willman (@darenw) April 10, 2019
Carlos Rondon and Roberto Osuna would hold the Yankees in the eighth and ninth innings respectively, with Rondon getting the win, and Osuna the save. Chad Green was the losing pitcher for the Yankees.
Alex Bregman left the game in the eighth inning with hamstring discomfort. His upcoming status is unknown.
Tomorrow the Astros hope to complete a sweep of the Yankees and a perfect 6-0 home stand before hitting the road for Seattle Friday.
Great pitching matchup. Astros killer James Paxton faces red-hot Collin McHugh, who after two starts has the lowest ERA among starters on the staff.
Game time 6:40 CDT.
Box score and videos HERE.