One day after Michael Pineda returned to the mound from shoulder surgery, Manny Banuelos made his return from Tommy John surgery. The results were mixed on the scoreboard, but the performance on the mound was encouraging to both the pitcher and some scouts.
The game started off with Ivan Nova getting hit hard by the Astros’ Dexter Fowler(line drive single), Jose Altuve(line drive single), Jason Castro(fly ball double), Chris Carter(lineout), and Marc Krauss(line drive single). Thanks to a strikeout and caught stealing, Nova ended the disastrous 1st inning, but the second inning wasn’t much better. Nova again gave up singles to L.J. Hoes and Cesar Izturis before getting into a rhythm. The right-handed pitcher lacked command, but redeemed himself with a handful of strikeouts and ground balls in his final two innings of work.
Meanwhile, the Yankees offense took advantage of fielding mistakes and errors all game long. Mason Williams had a nice game, reaching base on a walk, earning an RBI on a sacrifice fly, and hitting an RBI double in the 2nd inning, missing a home run by just a couple of feet.…